The Gabrielino-Tongva: The Changing Constant Identity of an Urban Native People

The Gabrielino-Tongva: The Changing
Constant Identity of an Urban Native People

A Symposium

Sunday, June 13, 2010
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Parking for this event will be at CSULB
with free shuttle to the Rancho.

Reservations are required for this event.
To make reservations, please call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541
or complete the online reservation form
or email by June 7, 2010.

Symposium Participants:
Rancho Los Alamitos is honored to host this pre-eminent gathering including notable scholars and writers, a foremost publisher, and visionaries and leaders within Gabrielino-Tongva communities today. The names and continuing contributions of the Symposium participants stand in the forefront of their respective fields and the native communities, making this occasion an extraordinary historic event in our time.

For information about the symposium’s distinguished panel, please download the program brochure by clicking here.

Symposium Schedule

9:30 – 10:00 Comments by Peter Nabokov
How do conventional popular perceptions of native tribes and sacred places conflict with the contemporary reality of an urban based-native people?

10:00 – 10:10 8 Minute Video by Patrick Kack-Brice
An Impression: Native American Sacred Sites in the Los Angeles Basin

10:15 – 10:30 Break & Setup for Panel Discussion

10:30 – 11:30 Panel Perspective

Cindi Alvitre, Gabrielino-Tongva – Considering the rich legacy of California’s intertwined heritage, who are the Gabrielino-Tongva people today? How do the people and communities within identify and define their continuing culture?

Dr. Peter Nabokov – Is there, or can there be, a changing definition of native people in California?

Dr. Lowell Bean – What is the ongoing implication of being a landless native people in California? What is the difference between Southern California tribes with land and those without?

Dr. George Harwood Phillips – In the 19th century the Los Angeles labor pool drew from native people throughout the region. Although some native people were ultimately given land to return to, the Gabrielino-Tongva received none. What were the historical implications of that reality?

Malcolm Margolin, Publisher –Who should be telling the story of California native people and how? How is O, My Ancestors different from previous works, or is it?

Kimberly Morales Johnson, Gabrielino-Tongva – Today Los Angeles holds the largest pan-Indian community in the nation. How are the needs of the larger native community being met, including the concerns of the Gabrielino-Tongva people? What is the implication of being a non-federally recognized tribe relative to issues of health, welfare, and education which affect the larger native community today?

Cindi Alvitre, Gabrielino-Tongva – How does the past move into the future of the Gabrielino-Tongva people?