July 23 2004

1542 – Native American Indians Encounter Europeans

The Cabrillo National Monument Foundation (CNMF) and VIRCO Enterprises to present The Voyage of Cabrillo, a one-act portrayal of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s historic voyage of exploration of the Pacific coast in 1542-1543. The season began Sunday, July 18, 2004 and will continue until Saturday, October 2, 2004. All performances will take place in the visitor center auditorium at Cabrillo National Monument and performance times are Sunday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

“This free, dramatic presentation is one of the main events leading to the annual Cabrillo Festival, which this year commemorates the 462nd anniversary of the landing of the Cabrillo expedition in what is now San Diego on September 28, 1542 and we are pleased to be able to, in conjunction with our non-profit cooperating association and William Virchis, once again, to bring it to visitors to the park again this summer” stated Cabrillo National Monument Superintendent Terry DiMattio.

This fictionalized account presents the encounter between Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s crew and the Native American Indians living in the San Diego area from different points of view. Able Silvas (Running Grunion) portrays a Native America “talk show host” offering a present-day view of happenings in 1542 as he narrates, and sometimes arbitrates, the opinions of these 16th century adventurers. Cast members Eric Tauber (Tomás, el Marinero), Eusevio Córdoba (Fray Francisco Arteaga) and Isabela León (Nayé) represent the view of a priest and sailor accompanying the expedition and a Native American Indian woman representing local Native Americans.

The usual park entrance fee is $5.00 per vehicle, $3.00 for walk-ins, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Children under 17 years of age are free when accompanied by a paying adult. The Cabrillo National Monument Annual Pass, the National Parks Pass or the Golden Eagle, Golden Age or Golden Access Passport will be honored for entrance into the park. There is no additional fee for The Voyage of Cabrillo. Cabrillo National Monument, located on Point Loma at the end of Catalina Boulevard, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.. For additional information call 619-557-5450 or TTY 619-222-8211, or visit our web site at http://www.nps.gov/cabr.

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