It’s easy to forget the devastation brought upon Native Americans after European settlers came to this beautiful land. Face the facts—although they’re missing in history books that are still telling children that the relationships between European pilgrims and Native Americans were peaceful. A common notion over time has been to ignore the horrible inequalities, tragedies and near massacre of Native Americans, but fortunately there have been brave individuals over time that are disgusted by the past and feel it’s necessary to bring the truth to light. Helen Hunt Jackson is one brave woman who emerged not only as a popular female writer during the late 1800s, but her clever novels have made her known as a powerful advocate for Native American rights as well. When the book she wrote about the crimes against Indians was widely ignored by the public, Jackson cleverly disguised an important history lesson about inequalities Native Americans faced as an endearing love story. Make your way to see this accurate story of the past, Ramona, that has been running since 1923 and expect much more than just a play. The entire hill of San Jancinto Valley takes you back in time for two hours leading up to the show—Arias Troubadours are performing music, Folkloric Dancers in full colorful garb dance across the way, Gunslingers ensure the town is safe and there’s a fine ranch style barbeque with all the fixins for you to enjoy. Dinner and a show—now that’s our kind of history lesson.
Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, 27400 Ramona Bowl Rd., Hemet, (951) 658-3111; www.ramonabowl.com. Gates open at 1:30pm.Peformances begin at 3:30pm. $32-49.