To anyone living in Imperial Valley today, it can seem amazing if not impossible that for thousands of years earlier it was home to living, thriving peoples with their own distinct cultures and identities.

But it’s true. For more than 10,000 years, Imperial County, eastern San Diego County, and northern Baja, have been home to many indigenous peoples and tribes: the Kumeyaay, Quechan, Cocopah, Pai Pai, and Cahuilla to name a few. The evidence of their early history and culture is all around us to be learned and celebrated, while the people themselves are still here as well. Far from a dead past, these first peoples today celebrate that storied past and look forward to their future.

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