Though Mission Indians were converted long ago, those teachings were not evident in the continuance of their early folklore, passed down from generation to generation. Cinon Duro, the last of long-ago chiefs of the Dieguenos, related their traditions of in the following legends in the late 1890s.
The Mission Indians of San Diego County, California, include the Dieguenos of Yuman heritage and fragments of Shoshonean tribes related to people of Mexican Baja California. The Dieguenos therefore have Aztec influences in their culture.
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