Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive center Poway, CA

Welcome to the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

A local Native American cultural and historical site located in Poway, CA


We will be closed this Saturday, August 25, due to a tree removal project.

Also, we are closed Saturday, September 8
during Poway Days.

The Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai (Poway) is a five acre site rich in the local history of the Kumeyaay-Ipai Indian tribes. Follow the trails past ramadas, interpretive signage, native gardens and a replica of an 'ewaa (native Kumeyaay house). Morteros (grinding stones ) left by the original Kumeyaay inhabitants still remain on this historic site. Also visit the new Education Center to view artifacts and other interesting historical items and photos.

Docent-led tours for the public are held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month between 10:00 a.m. and 1 pm.

Docent led school tours are available Thursdays and Fridays, between 9 and noon. For more information visit http://poway.org/372/Tours

The City of Poway began acquiring the various parcels which comprise the Center beginning in 1987 to preserve the site as a significant American Indian cultural site. The Friends of the Kumeyaay, the San Pasqual Band of Indians, and the City of Poway have worked together to develop a vision for the property and to develop a replica Kumeyaay village.

Bob Emery

Dedication of the
Robert C. Emery Memorial Ramada
at KIIC November 16

Robert C Emery Memorial Ramada dedication ceremony

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Upcoming Events!

Cherokee baskets

Basketry Class
Saturday October 6
10:30 am - 3 pm

Join Diania Caudell (Luiseño) of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and Board Member of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association, while you make your own Cherokee single wall twine basket.

Materials will be provided and refreshments will be available. We recommend that you bring a sack lunch.

Ages 6 to adult. Class size limited to 20 people. Cost: $30.

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See photos of our 2015
basketry class

Become a volunteer docent at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center!
More information

See photos from our Watercolor/Sketching Class
March 2018

Check back for details
on new classes:
Flint knapping, pottery, photography, rock art, basketry and more


© Friends of the Kumeyaay Friends of the Kumeyaay is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail your donation to P.O. Box 724, Poway Ca 92074-0724. Thank you!