Native American Rock Opera Comes To San Diego

By Marissa CabreraMaureen Cavanaugh

Just about every school child learns about what happened at Sutter’s Mill in Northern California back in the 19th century.

The discovery of gold at the mill sparked the Gold Rush of 1849, bringing thousands of fortune hunters to California.

Something Inside Is Broken

When: Friday

Where: California Center for the Arts

Times: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

What history doesn’t teach is how Native Americans were treated during and after the California Gold Rush. A new Native American rock opera called, “Something Inside Is Broken”attempts to tell that story.

The production is a collaboration with a half dozen California Indian nations and will be presented Friday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

Jack Kohler, who co-wrote and composed the musical and Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians who helped bring the show to San Diego, discuss Wednesday on Midday Edition how this complex history underscores the contemporary struggles of Native Americans in San Diego and beyond.