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Gabrieleno Tongva Mission Indians
With a name meaning "People of the Earth" in the Tongva language, the Gabrieleno-Tongva Mission Indians were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin. Living up to their name, they readily used the natural resources around them, with the Los Angeles River supplying an ample lifeline of water, food, and shelter. Driven out of their homeland with the arrival of settlers in California, there have been numerous controversies throughout the history of Los Angeles surrounding development and land rights. However, they still remain an active part of the community, with over a thousand Tongva people living in the Los Angeles area.
Chief red blood Anthony Morales recounts the history of the Gabrieleno-Tongva Mission Indians.
We are Still Here
Mark Acuna, tribal councilman, keeps the Tongva culture alive through research, dance, language and a connection to the river.
The Land of Forests
Mark Acuna describes the LA River when it was once a great willow forest.
Mark Acuna recounts how the Spanish settlers relied on the labor and knowledge of the Gabrieleno-Tongva Mission Indians.
Split Apart, Blended In
Tongva assimilation and survival.
The river was once the lifeblood of the indigenous Tongva community.
The drive from California to the Arizona border on Interstate 8 can be an uneventful one, until you reach a 21-foot, pink-granite pyramid curiously erected in the Sonoran Desert that marks the “Center of the World.”
For the past five years, a parched California has meant beekeepers have been struggling. However, while the holistic effects of recent rains have yet to be determined, for the beekeeping community here in L.A., the benefits are immediate and noticeable.