Family Festival to celebrate discovery of Tongva Village

San Dimas’ Family Festival will celebrate the discovery of a location occupied by an original Tongva village called Kwenangna located along the border of San Dimas and La Verne.

Kwenangna was one of several villages that made up the world of the indigenous Tongva people of the Los Angeles Basin, according to festival officials. Pre-Columbian history of San Dimas and La Verne, which dates back from 5,000 to 7,000 years.

The event will be in the Stanley Plummer Community Building, 245 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas. Activities include:

· March 30
6 p.m.: Reception with refreshments
7 p.m.: Presentation: "The World of the Tongva, the
6 to 8 p.m.: Display of Indigenous People of Kwenangna" by Mark F. Acu a, Tongva elder Collections of Tongva artifacts, both original and reconstructed.

· March 31
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Display of the Tongva artifact collections
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Telling of Tongva tribal folk stories and more.

The event is co-sponsored by the San Dimas Corral of Westerners, San Dimas & La Verne Historical Societies, Bonita Unified School District, University of La Verne Archaeology Department, Cooper Regional History Museum and more.