The influence of the Kumeyaay-Diegueño language is far-reaching and visible throughout San Diego, as evidenced in numerous words used in English and Spanish spoken in the region, as well as place-names such as Palomar and Cuyamaca. The artifacts on view here document and celebrate that influence, introducing passengers to a rich linguistic heritage.
In an effort to preserve their culture and language for future generations, the Barona Band of Mission Indians published the Barona Inter-Tribal Dictionary: ‘Iipay Aa Tiipay Aa Uumall in 2008. This comparative dictionary explains the etymology of specific words and phrases within the Kumeyaay-Diegueño language, while also drawing analogies between this language and the English or Spanish words we use today. The project was researched and developed over a period of nearly 30 years and required the collaboration of numerous individuals including the few remaining native speakers, tribal elders and linguists.
Terminal 2 East, Post-Security, Gate 34