Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive center Poway, CA

Welcome to the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

A local Native American cultural and historical site located in Poway, CA


The Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai (Poway) is a five acre site rich in the local history of the Kumeyaay-Ipai Indian tribes. Follow the trails past ramadas, interpretive signage, native gardens and a replica of an 'ewaa (native Kumeyaay house). Morteros (grinding stones ) left by the original Kumeyaay inhabitants still remain on this historic site. Also visit the new Education Center to view artifacts and other interesting historical items and photos.

Docent-led tours for the public are held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month between 10:00 a.m. and 1 pm.

Docent led school tours are available Thursdays and Fridays, between 9 and noon. For more information visit http://poway.org/372/Tours

The City of Poway began acquiring the various parcels which comprise the Center beginning in 1987 to preserve the site as a significant American Indian cultural site. The Friends of the Kumeyaay, the San Pasqual Band of Indians, and the City of Poway have worked together to develop a vision for the property and to develop a replica Kumeyaay village.

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Upcoming Events!


Second Saturday Speaker Series
December 8, 2018, 1-2 pm

"Piedras Pintadas: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," speaker Greg Erickson, President of the SDRA Assn. and retired UCSD Professor.

Second Saturday Speaker Series
January 12, 2019, 1-2 pm

"Baja California-Central Desert, Ranches, Missions Native Americans, Cave Painting," Jerry Green, Native Plant Expert and Traveler.

watercolor class at KIIC

Sign up for our next watercolor class!
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Join us in capturing the beauty of this authentic Native American site. Artists of every skill level are invited. Instruction in basic skills and all materials will be supplied. Fee $5

Register online at poway.org/classes

Become a volunteer docent at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center!
More information

Check back for details
on new classes:
Flint knapping, pottery, photography, rock art, basketry and more

© Friends of the Kumeyaay Friends of the Kumeyaay is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail your donation to P.O. Box 724, Poway Ca 92074-0724. Thank you!