AITC Mobile Workshops 

At the Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, AIANTA in partnership with the local host Tribe showcases Native tourism experiences around the conference host site. This year, at the 24th Annual AITC held in San Diego County, California, the Rincon Tribe will provide guests with two one-of-a-kind cultural tourism experiences.

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Walking in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors
October 24, 2022
Depart: 8:30 a.m.; Return: 4:00 p.m.
Price: $75
Capacity: 35

Visit the Rincon Reservation and walk the path of their ancestors along the San Luis Rey River. Join the cultural resources staff from the Rincon Tribe—the people who lived from the Mountains to the Ocean– and enjoy a journey through their homelands. 

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Walking in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

08:30   Meet in Hotel Lobby, board the bus to the Julian Pie Company and Dudley Bakery in Santa Ysabel and Palomar Mountain State Park
Take a beautiful drive up to Santa Ysabel and stop at the famous Julian Pie Company or the Dudley Bakery for coffee and one of their famous baked items. Then head on to Palomar State Park where the Tribe established hunting, harvesting and processing areas. See their grinding stones and processing areas as well as the natural materials they collected to make their famous and beautiful baskets. The beautiful views there will give you a sense of the enormity of their territory.

12:30   Arrive at the Cultural Resources Department for lunch and slide show
Tour the Tribe’s Museum and Cultural Center.  During lunch, they will share their culture bank, a collection of slides of their baskets and cultural items which are on exhibit at museums and universities around the country along with their Language Restoration model, all while storytellers take you back to the days of pre-contact.

01:30 Hands-on activity – gourd painting, basket weaving, etc.
Find your inner artist while experiencing the Tribe’s traditional ways. Their staff will present and assist you in weaving a small basket or painting rock art onto a locally grown gourd. Walk away with a piece of their culture to take home with you.

03:30  Walk back to the Casino via the Nature Walk with a Rincon guide
Return to the Casino via Rincon’s Nature Walk (about a mile total). This guided tour will be filled with information about the indigenous plants in the area and their practical and medicinal uses along with their original Luiseno names.

04:00   Arrive back at Casino 

Exploring the Cultures of San Diego County
October 24, 2022
Depart: 9:00 a.m.; Return: 4:15 p.m.
Price: $75
Capacity: 45

San Diego’s Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet.  Lush grounds, from gardens to forests, fountains to playgrounds, and sweeping architecture from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern span the heart of the Park. More than 17 museums are filled with everything from recognition of San Diego’s first peoples to dinosaurs to space travel, science to the study of humankind, photographs to old masters, and automobiles to orchids.

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Exploring the Cultures of San Diego County

09:00   Meet and board the bus to Balboa Park for a tour of the Museum of Us and the surrounding park
Explore Balboa Park’s Museum of Us, which celebrates the tribes that thrived in and around San Diego County as well as the Tribe’s neighbors to the South. Surrounding the Museum of Us are many other museums that reflect the diversity of San Diego such as the Natural History Museum, the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Diego History Museum, the Women’s Museum of California, and much more.

12:30   Meet for Lunch and exploration
Lunch and time to explore the many museums, the Botanical Building and Lily Ponds, the California Native Plant Garden, the desert garden, the Spanish Village Art Center, the International Cottages and so much more.

02:00   Board bus to Rincon Reservation Road Brewery tasting
After exploring Balboa Park, board the bus and head to Rincon’s own Brewery and tasting room located in Ocean Beach. It is the first off-reservation, Native-owned brewery. Soak in the Southern California Beach experience while trying the culturally inspired beers and checking out local vendors.

03:15   Board bus

04:15   Arrive back at Casino

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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Native American Agriculture Fund

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Bureau of Land Management

National Endowment of the Arts

National Park Service

United States Forest Service