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“Running Grunion” Comedic Native American Performance by Abel Silvas

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Curious about the roots of San Diego? Come discover the complexities of San Diego Native American history and culture through the comedic performace by Abel Silvas!

Abel Silvas is a comedic performance artist whose ancestors were Native Americans and Californios of Del Mar. His storytelling portrays his family’s life during different historical eras, going back to the “Del Mar Man,” who fished for grunions 12,000 years ago to the first Spanish salior who arrived in the 1700s. After the missions closed in the 1800s, his family received a Mexican Land Grant and built their rancho homes along the San Dieguito River. In the early 1900s, his cousin Don Diego Alvarado was the most-recognized symbol of a gracious Del Mar Fair host.

Please allow 5 minutes for a short walk from the Staging Area to the Birdwing Open Air Classroom.

DIRECTIONS: From I-5: Take the Via de la Valle exit and go east. Turn right on San Andres Drive and then left into the gravel driveway to the parking area on the left, just past the bank (link).

Please contact Ana Lutz, Education Manager, with any questions at

We hope to see you there! 


October 21, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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