Peace and Dignity Journeys was started in 1992 to continue in the spirit of the traditions of our ancestors. Every four years Indigenous communities all over North, Central and South America witness and partake in the tradition of receiving runners with ceremonies unique to their community, sharing stories, song, dance, and the wisdom that comes from community elders and ceremony. Peace and Dignity Journeys runners start simultaneously from both ends of the continent in Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina traversing the entire continent by foot from community to community and joining together for a final gathering in Central America, Panama. The 2016 Journey is dedicated to the Seeds of our Future, the Seeds we plant in the ground and the Seeds that are the future of our communities.
On July 20, the spiritual run Peace and Dignity Journeys entered the San Diego region on a run from Pechanga to Pala. Over thirty runners carried the sacred staffs along the eight mile stretch through mountainous terrain, escorted by the Native Riders Motorcycle Association. The runners stopped at a sacred site of the Temeekuyam People, and then they ran as a group down the last stretch of the hill into the Park outside the Cupa Cultural Center.