Chapter 4 Yangna

Hundreds of years ago the Los Angeles River sat at the center of daily life for our first ancestors, the Tongvas Indians. Yangna, sitting just a few miles from the river near Spring Street, was the largest Tongvas village, and a center for commerce, governance and religious ceremonies.

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Mia Lehrer
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The Zanja Madre
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The Los Angeles State Historic Park
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Luis Rodriguez
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Black Neck Stilt
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Main Street Bridge
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Munson Kwok
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Harry Chandler

Yangna Mural
Hundreds of years ago, the Los Angeles Basin’s river and tributaries sat at the center of daily life for our first ancestors, the Tongvas Indians. They understood the river’s changing, mercurial nature and built their homes and town centers above its flood plains. Yangna, sitting just a few miles from the river near Spring Street, was the largest Tongvas village. It was a center for commerce, governance and religious ceremonies, and it is the birthplace of Los Angeles.