Before This Land
Another tribe of Mission Indians in San Diego County of California
are the Luisenos, who derive their name from the San Luis Rey Mission established
in about 1770 by the Franciscan Junipero Serra. Many cultural similarities
existed between them and the Dieguenos. Under American rule in 1846, the Indians
were driven deeper into desert and mountain country, far back from the ocean.
Today, descendants of those first Luisenos still thrive on
their reservation in San Diego County.
The Luisenos worshipped their Great Spirit, the Sun-God. Always
they did what was commanded of them by the Great Spirit. Their tribal leader
and war-god, Uu-yot, was responsible to the Sun-God for the welfare of his
people. Luisenos were loyal and obedient to both Uu-yot and the Sun-God.
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