Thirteen San Diego and Southern California cultural organizations are joining
resources to tell the story of Irving J. Gill, an extraordinary San Diegan, and one of the key founders of modern architecture. Exhibitions and programs wil

l be held throughout San Diego County to explore Gill’s life and work. With presentations at multiple institutions, visitors will gain a broader understanding of his life, architecture, and legacy.

These beautiful Kumeyaay/Diegueño artifacts are on loan to Barona from the San Diego Museum of Man. They have rarely been seen and a majority of the objects have never been on exhibit before. Take this opportunity to see these lovely pieces, including rattlesnake baskets, an oil painting of Rosa Lopez, and a hopper mortar.

Photo courtesy of the San Diego Museum of Man

A Visit From Old Friends -

From the Vaults of the

San Diego Museum of Man

his exhibition showcases a sample of the most recent donations to the Museum and some of our hidden treasures that have never had an opportunity to be on display. The Barona Cultural Center & Museum is thankful to the many donors who make us a growing and thriving collecting museum.

New and Notable


Sports - The Competitive Spirit at Barona

This exhibition is a celebration of Native American athletes throughout history featuring memorabilia from Legends such as Jim Thorpe (Sac/Fox/Potawatomi), John Tortes “Chief” Meyers (Cahuilla), and Notah Begay III (Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta and many others. Over 200 Barona Tribal and community members are represented within this exhibition through photographs, memorabilia, and quotes. Some have gone on to Major League tryouts, and one, Matt LaChappa, was drafted by the San Diego Padres. With a love of sports, Barona Reservation honors that competitive Native American spirit.


Barona Veteran's Wall of Honor

Barona Veterans’ Wall of Honor (2000 to present)

Here at Barona Indian Reservation, we recognize more than fifty veterans who have served our country. They include both tribal members and community members. (Community members are Indian relatives not from this reservation or non-Indian relatives of Tribal members.)

We especially honor Barona Veterans who received high honors for bravery in battle. Counted among them are six Purple Hearts recipients from this reservation and numerous medals of recognition. With family permission, we name those no longer living who received high commendations in wartime.


The Barona members are: Charles Curo: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal; Eugene Curo, Occupation of Germany, Victory American Theatre, American Defense, Distinguished Service Medal[WWII]; Frank LaChappa, Purple Heart [Battle of the Bulge, WWII]; Tommy LaChappa, Purple Heart [Vietnam]; and Alfred Rodriguez, Purple Heart [Inch’on, Korea].


The community members are William Adams, Purple Heart [WWII]; John Means, Purple Heart [Vietnam]; and Bob Sloan, Purple Heart and Bronze Star [WWII].


'Ekur 'emaayaayp
Barona Indian Reservation,
A Story of 75 Years of Unity

A history grows and prospers through the telling from one generation to the next. This timeline exhibit tells the story of the Barona people and their Reservation.

The people have 'Ekur 'emaayaayp (stayed together) through the years; during difficult times and good times, they have grown and prospered. Barona Indian Reservation is celebrating 75 years since the people moved here from Capitan Grande. In 1875, the United States formalized the government at Capitan Grande and it entered into the new reservation system. When the people moved to Barona in 1932, the Barona Group of the Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians was formed.


The Museum has gathered a great deal of information from historic and recent interviews, archives, and family photographs to accomplish this important research. We hope this exhibition gives rise to other remembrances and that the body of history will be enhanced and grow.


The vision of a people’s history emerges in the mind’s eye of those living it—it is the historian’s task to listen and to record those memories. In this way, the Museum has been privileged to put these visions, thoughts and reminiscences together as the Barona Tribal members tell their own stories of this living history.

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