San Diego de Alcalá

Native Americans of San Diego de Alcala

Yuman-speaking Native Americans "occupied nearly the entire southern extreme of [Alta]California and adjoining portions of Baja California in the sixteenth century." Anthropologists refer to these Indians as Tipai-Ipai, terms that are native in origin and mean "people." The Spanish called the Indians who became neophytes at Mission San Diego Diegueño. Another native term used is Kumeyaay, one of the three principal dialects of Diegueño and the name of the tribe who initially occupied the mission land.

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