By Carl Love
She was at a Pechanga Powwow in July 2008 when she and her husband, Darell, came across an elderly woman resting between dances. They started talking and, for about 15 minutes, the woman told how she had to abandon her American Indian heritage as a child.
So she produced "Dancing Louisa," a poem about a woman who grew up in a time when American Indian children could be whisked away from families and sent to schools far away by authorities who thought they were doing the right thing.
Below: "Temecula writer Rebecca Farnbach has won several awards for her poem, Dancing Louisa, about a woman she saw performing at a Pechanga Powwow."