Read Puvungna for Free!

Download a free copy of Puvungna, written by the author when he was just 14 years old for his 9th grade English class at Long Beach, California’s Stanford Junior High School.

Puvungna, the book by Daniel R StielPuvungna is a story about two young brothers who travel back in time and discover an ancient Indian village along the shores of a Southern California beach and the terrifying secret behind its disappearance over five hundred years ago.

Puvungna is inspired by the true story of a lost village that was once populated by the indigenous Tongva people and the artifacts the author found while exploring the vacant land near his home in Seal Beach.

You will meet Chinigchinich and the people who called Puvungna their home, and experience how they lived before their land was conquered, their spirituality, and the events that changed a long-forgotten history which took place at the village.

The Tongva, which means “people of the earth” in their native language, called Southern California their home for many thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans.
Believed to be the birthplace of Chinigchinich, a prophet and the spiritual leader of the native Tongva, Puvungna is considered sacred by indigenous people. It is also believed by many remaining modern-day Tongva people to be the place of creation.

The last remains of the village of Puvungna is located less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean on the campus of present day California State University, Long Beach, along the banks of a once flourishing creek that today is little more than a drainage ditch paved over with concrete.

Click here to download a copy of Puvungna.


California presentation at SUNY Oneonta Monday

Artist, tribal scholar and community activist L. Frank will offer a presentation  "The Continuance of Indigenous California: History, Politics, Art" at 7 p.m. Monday in the Center for Multicultural Experiences in Lee Hall at the State University College at Oneonta. The event is free and open to the public.


Chumash rock art offers insight into ancient native culture

During the summers of 2006 and 2007, fires burned through the Los Padres, scorching old-growth chaparral that was more than 100 years old. The fires exposed old trails that led to long-hidden rock art sites, allowing the Forest Service to get to and catalog additional sites.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, there are at least 2,400 rock art sites in the Los Padres National Forest, spanning a rugged wilderness of sandstone canyons and outcroppings, meadows and mountaintops. The colorful and spiritual rock art of the Chumash Indians — scattered and hidden throughout 2 million acres of the forest — is some of the most unique in North America. These hidden troves of rock art are full of stories. Read more.

Run with the Chumash and Tongva

If you’re a seasoned runner competing in 10Ks, marathons, etc., you might be interested I this running event. If youve never participated in a trail race, the annual Malibu Creek Trail Run takes place next Sunday, March 8. This scenic race is part of the Pacific Coast Trail Run series, and offers distances of 9K, 25K and 50K. Anyone running the longer distances is surely a veteran of trail races, or should be. Even the 9K is tough, with 850 feet of elevation gain. The course follows the ancient foot trails of the Tongva and Chumash tribes in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. Details: Malibu Creek Trail Run

Prospector Pete opens dialogue about racism

The Daily 49er, the student newspaper of Cal State Long Beach, publishes an editorial on the forgotten history of the schools mascot, Prospector Pete.

The paper writes, Here on campus, a symbol of California’s horridly racist past dances around in costume. To many people of color, the Prospector Pete mascot and the ominous miner statue on the upper campus, combined with the “49er” school spirit iconography — emblazoned on everything from coffee mugs to our beloved sports teams — represent a violent history. During the Gold Rush, Anglo forty-niners wiped out 80 percent of the American Indian population. 

Read the editorial Here and give us your opinion.

Stone Carving Workshop

Ted Garcia leads a stone carving workshop focused on carving the sacred icons of his Chumash civilization. Beginners welcome. Soapstone and materials are provided.

Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Information: (818) 606-5998