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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Ramona Days Festival fills historic downtown Harvard Street in Hemet


Last updated 4/12/2018 at 1:45am

Tony Ault

Members of the local Cahuilla Indian Red Tail Spirit Dancers offer a traditional Indian performance during the Ramona Days Festival April 7 in historic downtown Hemet. The dances tell stories about the history of the tribe that are still danced at Powwows and other tribal events.

Fife and drummers, a Chinese lion, Indian and Spanish dancers brought Harvard Street in downtown Hemet alive Saturday, April 7, initiating the city's monthlong Ramona Days celebration. The special event precedes three weekends of California's official outdoor play "Ramona," beginning April 21 at the Ramona Amphitheater in Hemet.

"Ramona," a novel written by Helen Hunt Jackson in the late 1800s depicts the tragic end to a love affair between a beautiful Spanish maiden and a California Indian at the hands of a cowboy rancher. Jackson's novel that brought the nation to realize the mistreatment...

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