|Continuity in Ipai
By Roy Cook
Santa Ysabel 11th annual Mataayum, Fiesta, Gathering is held in the original village site area of the Santa Ysabel valley. The original Santa Ysabel village name is Ellykwanan small mound made by a mole for this gathering location. Historical documents and photographs have provided evidence of many of the past Ipai events and Ipai gatherings of culture expression. However, our focus today is the future and the Ipai youth. Congratulations to those Tribal members and volunteers that produced this event. Their efforts to organize games and activities that inspire educate and entertain are appreciated.
In the afternoon of a gorgeous bright, breezy day, the children enjoyed the watermelon eating contests. Devon Lomayesya sliced and judged the winners of the young and not so young competitors. No losers when you get to enjoy sweet chilled watermelon.
Later, after the first rounds of the horseshoe competition the traditional songs began. Each group could sing an hour or as long as they wished into the evening.
One traditional song composer of the recent past, Yellow Sky, was a good acquaintance of Ed Davis. Davis lived just over the hill by Mesa Grande, Tekemak sheltered place. Yellow Sky, Ammay Ta Quas, Pinta el Cielo Amarillo lived over 100 years and traveled from the Colorado River into Baja and back to the San Luis Rey river area. Today our Wildcat Song leader Jon Meza Cuero brought the songs that Yellow Sky composed back and put them into the wind and our hearts.
Many song groups and song leaders started to gather as the Santa Ysabel hosted and fed everyone a free meal that evening.
Much later, that
night the serious Peon team guessing game and gambling took place. Naturally,
at any time, anyone could drive over to the Santa Ysabel Casino for the
$4.95 Prime rib dinner and Vegas style entertainment.