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.


Our Local Native Cultures – Culture In the Canyon

Join Dr. Kent Christenson for a glimpse into the lives of the Tongva and Chumash Native American tribes of Southern California.

Dr. Christenson, a recognized expert on Chumash and Tongva native culture, has built traditional Chumash aps (houses) and created tools and instruments using authentic methods and materials. His replicas of Native American artifacts are on display at the Oakbrook Park Chumash Interpretive Center, the Ventura County Museum of History & Art, and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. He will share his extensive knowledge and his rare collection of Chumash and Tongva artifacts in this evening of local native culture.

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:30 PM

Where: Temescal Canyon Gateway Park

15601 W Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; (310) 454-1395 – Meet in Woodland Hall.


Crescenta Valley and the Tongva people

Crescenta Valley residents got a history lesson at their new county library last Friday when town leaders dedicated a plaque honoring three different and competing elements in the area’s founding.

Fallbrook artist Geri Gould, a La Crescenta native and member of the local native Tongva tribe, set out to tell the unincorporated town’s real history, a complex interweaving of Native American, Spanish and early American influences.

Read: CV’s heritage recounted at ceremony from the Valley Sun

Historical Native American Artifacts Found in Excavation for Girls’ Gym

Native American artifacts have been found on the University High School campus in Los Angeles, situated around the excavation for the new girls’ gym.

Andrea Campos, Treasurer of the Gabrielino Tongva Springs Foundation (GTSF), identified these artifacts. They included a stone mortar and pestle, or a molcajete and a mano. These artifacts are now recognized as materials used by the Tongva tribe. University High School – Historical Native American Artifacts

UCLA Conference Announcement on Indigenous Peoples and International Law – Jan. 22, 2010

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the International Human Rights Framework – A Comfortable Fit?

The agenda is here.

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center

in conjunction with The Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs at UCLA School of Law and The UCLA Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange

with additional support from the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Native Nations Law and Policy Center


Symposium: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the International Human Rights Framework — A Comfortable Fit?

January 22, 2010

Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Blessing, Welcome, and Introduction of Keynote: 9:00 am – 9:30 a.m.

Anthony Morales, Chief of the Gabrielino-Tongva Band of Mission Indians

Stephen Yeazell, Interim Dean, UCLA School of Law (invited)

Angela R. Riley, Visiting Professor of Law and Acting Associate Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center

Opening Keynote Address: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

S. James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People, and Professor of Law, University of Arizona

Short Coffee Break: 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Morning Session: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel One: Indigenous Peoples, the Environment, and Development

Robert T. Coulter, Executive Director, Indian Law Resource Center

Professor Kristen Carpenter, UC-Boulder College of Law

Professor Larissa Behrendt, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Discussant: Professor Stuart Banner, UCLA School of Law

Lunch: 12p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center: 1:15-1:30:

Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the UCLA Graduate Division

2 Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Panel Two: Indigenous Peoples, Governance, and Political Autonomy

Professor Duane Champagne, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Professor Catherine Iorns, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Faculty of Law; Member, International Law Association, Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Professor Siegfried Wiessner, St. Thomas University School of Law; Chair, International Law Association, Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Discussant: Professor Angela R. Riley, UCLA School of Law

Afternoon Break: 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Panel Three: Contemplating Individual and Collective Rights Issues Under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Arizona State University Law School

Professor Ariel Dulitzky, Clinical Professor of Law, Director Human Rights Clinic, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law

Professor Lorie Graham, Suffolk Law School, American Delegate to the International Law Association Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Discussant: Professor Mishuana Goeman, UCLA, Dept. Women’s Studies

Gardening with the California natives

This is more or less the natural landscape the Tongva saw before Europeans set foot here. "It took a lot of water to create the Southern California we know…” From the Los Angeles Times: Gardening with the California natives