Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tongva Tribe

I've had a link the the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians on this site for a while now, but nothing for the Gabrielino (Tongva) Tribe. I wanted to correct this, but it seems that (in a classic case of modern tribal politics), nobody can agree on which website is official. Here are three to choose from:

I guess once they figure out who the real Tongva leadership is, I'll add a more permanant link to the more permanant website.

On Sept.. 30, 2007, from 11 am to 4 pm, a Tongva group will sponsor a free Native American arts and crafts festival, "The Gathering at Kuruvungna Springs." The springs site (and event) is located on the grounds of University High School 1439 S. Barrington Avenue, West Los Angeles. The event will include traditional music, dancing and foods, traditional children's games and crafts, Indian tortilla making, and basketweaving and weaving demonstrations. There will also be tours of the Kuruvungna Village site and springs, and a cultural display of Tongva history and artifacts.

Today's photo (above right) shows a reproduction of a kich (home) as used by the local Indians.


Komiikravit said...

Historically there was never one Tongva tribe. We have always been family communities or communities allied together by kinship, trade and ceremonial alliances. Even the name Tongva is a new name that descendants of the indigenous people of the Los angeles basin use today. There is no group, family or community today that is THE tribe!

Chris Jepsen said...

I won't pretend to be an expert on local indigenous peoples. Although I have read a fair bit and spoken with a number of experts, there is much that I still find confusing. And clearly, the Indian people themselves have trouble agreeing on much even among themselves these days.

But I know you're right about this. The lumping together of communities into "tribes" by geography or language is a system the Missions imposed.

Of course, those who want Federal tribal recognition today have a vested interest in keeping that system (if not the Missions' assigned names) intact.

Dan Hitt said...

I live in Costa Mesa and walk on the bluff area of Fairview Park that overlooks the Santa Ana River. The city has posted a sign that refers to the Tongva people that lived on the bluff area 1,000 years ago. I wonder if anyone has more information about the Tongva people that lived in this area?

Chris Jepsen said...

The village at Fairview Park was called Lukup.

Anonymous said...

You left out the true tribe which is the Kizh Gabrieleno tribe. Tongva does not exist. Ask for geneology to find the real native line. None o the Tongva can produce native blood.
Check out the website:

Anonymous said...

Kizh is a corruption of the Spanish name Cristianos = Kisianos

el zorro said...

No Kichereno is a corruption of the native word Kizh by the Spanish.