February 15 marks opening of Cooper Museum’s Tongva exhibit

The Cooper Museum in Upland, California will hold a special event February 15 to mark the opening of its 2009 Tongva exhibit in the Nichols Gallery.

The opening event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum. There will be ethnic food, entertainment, storytelling and face painting.

The museum and the Gabrieleno Tonga San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians will open the exhibit, "Conversion and Conflict: Missions and Indians."

While the museum has had exhibits about the customs and culture of Indians of the Los Angeles Basin, this exhibit looks at the subject of "missionization" of them by Spanish settlers and church leaders. "The original peoples were cut off from their own ancestral land and went from ‘neophyte’ to slave, to serf, to cheap laborer and finally to almost invisible status."

Cooper Regional History Museum

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Upland, CA 91786
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