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Barona Band of Mission Indians - California (U.S.)

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Last modified: 2018-02-12 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of the Barona Band of Mission Indians] image by Chris Kretowicz, 26 April 2001

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The Band

From the Luiseño of Tapic branch of Uto-Aztecan family, the Barona Band of Mission Indians are located near Lakeside and Ramona in San Diego County, California. Tribal Membership is about 240. On the grounds of the reservation one can find many examples of interesting architecture - Tribal Gov't building, museum etc.
Chris Kretowicz, 26 April 2001

The Flag

The current version of the flag features the sacred pipe, in red, crossing the center of the white field. This pipe has two feathers outlined in red and recalling that the modern Barona Band was once one of two bands that occupied the old Capitan Grande Reservation. Above the pipe is an arc of eleven small red triangles and "Band of Mission" in brown lettering. Below is repeated the arc of triangles and the word "Indians", again in brown. Overlaying the pipe is a white disc, edged in yellow. Upon the disc, starting at the top are three acorns in natural colors, the band's name Barona in large red capital letters underlined with a gray bar and finally the year 1932 (in black), commemorating the federal recognition of the Band and its new home. The acorns are a tribute to one of the main foods of the Kumeyaay people, and a link to their long heritage in the area.
Donald Healy 2008

Barona band has now a white flag with their SEAL and a small inscription (in two lines) below.
Jaume Olle, 6 October 2017

Former Flag

[Former flag of the Barona Band of Mission Indians] image located by Ben Cahoon, 27 August 2017

The older version included two additional symbols. In the upper left corner in yellow, with brown accents, was a traditional Kumeyaay woven basket. In the lower right were a pair of crossed rattles used in ritualistic dances, and the number two again referred to the former union of the two bands of Capitan Grande Kumeyaay people.
Donald Healy 2008