The cultural heart of San Juan Capistrano predates the city’s founding 50 years ago. The Acjachemen Nation, of which the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians is part, has called much of Southern California for home for more than 10,000 years.
The tribe that built Mission San Juan Capistrano shares its culture with us today with beautiful displays such as performances by Tushmalum Heleckum and .
The nearly 2,000 tribal members are recognized by the state government, Mission San Juan Capistrano and other tribes. The Juaneño tribe continues to pursue recognition by the federal government to gain the protection and benefits (such as being able to open a casino) of an Indian Nation. We love the tribe for its perseverance, culture and traditions.