The community of Santa Fe Springs, California, a town over the past few decades known mostly for its oil fields, oil refineries, and industrial complexes, has recreated what a Tongva village might have looked like, in the midst of its former oil fields.
Established in Santa Fe Springs’ Heritage Park, the public is invited to take tours of the village, which take place daily.
The exhibit celebrates the long history of the Tongva people and their culture. The Tongva people lived in Southern California for thousands of years. Their homes were called kiches, a simple domed-shaped structure made of tule reeds and willow branches.
Visitors will learn about the structures, tools and plant material essential to Tongva life. For more information, including directions and visitor hours: http://www.santafesprings.org/library/heritage/tongva.asp