The Power of Story
- Sexii, or Horqaniiv (boiling water in English), was the site of the 5th
Southern California Indian Storytelling Festival and 1st Oral
Traditions/Language Symposium. Actually, most people know this place as Palm
Springs. Sexii is the Cahuilla name for this place, while Horqaniiv is the
Serrano equivalent. Horqaniiv literally means "it will boil." It never
boiled, but perhaps heating to a nice summer.
Elders Jane Dumas (Kumeyaay), Pauline Murillo (Cahuilla / Serrano), and
Julia Parker (Pomo / Coast Miwok), were responsible for this in large part
with their presence and superb presentations. The knitted their stories with
personal experiences and observations, making their stories treasures to be
remembered. It was wonderful to hear Jane tell her stories first in
Kumeyaay, then in English. Her profound knowledge of plants and their uses
had us spellbound.
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