Cultural Resources

The Cultural Resources Department seeks to preserve the life ways, landscape, native culture, and traditions of the Luiseño people. Rincon’s Tribal Historic Preservation Offices engages in government-to-government consultation with federal, state, and other agencies to best protect our cultural resources. We also work closely with the Rincon Environmental Department to protect traditional cultural landscapes. Through the protection of Rincon’s natural resources, the Rincon community is able to practice our traditions, such as basket weaving and pottery making.  We collaborate with the Rincon Recreation, Education, and Youth Services Department to teach and encourage the youth to embrace Luiseño culture and a earth-friendly lifestyle through outreach activities.  The Cultural Resources Department ensures that Rincon’s cultural resources and traditional natural resources are enhanced and protected for today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

The Wa$xayam Pomki Museum preserves and interprets Luiseño heritage and culture through research, documentation, preservation, and education. The Museum is committed to collecting and preserving culturally relevant items such as documents, photographs, art, basketry, pottery, oral histories, cultural media, and traditional knowledge for future generations of the Luiseño People.

Rincon’s Cultural Resources  office is involved with invasive species removal, Gold Spotted Oak Bore monitoring, river habitat monitoring, tribal stream team networking, and native plant identification. The GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) office develops and creates maps for Rincon, including culturally sensitive areas, planned areas for housing, tribal facilities locations, roads identification, emergency response mapping, structure locations, fire hydrants, critical response for residential homes, and 911 mapping.