The woman from Pochea

Beatrice and Denis DeljaNO. 104 SITE OF INDIAN VILLAGE OF POCHEA – Pochea was one of a cluster of Indian villages forming the very large settlement of Pahsitnah, which extended along the ridge east and west of Ramona Bowl. Pahsitnah was thriving when the Spanish first passed by in 1774. A tragic story tells of the natives contracting smallpox from Europeans, a terrible epidemic spreading, and some survivors fleeing to the area of the present Soboba Reservation. ■ By Rob Lindquist / Contributed The hills south of town never cease to attract me. I have moved along their brush-laden slopes, over their weathered granite rocks and solid ledges since childhood. Called

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