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.


Orange County’s Black Star Canyon

Once home to California grizzly bears and ranch hands on horseback – not to mention the ghosts of an armed 1831 conflict between fur trappers and Tongva Indians – Orange County’s Black Star Canyon will be open for your exploration this weekend.

The Black Star Canyon area, in the Santa Ana Mountains southeast of Irvine Lake, features rare coastal sage scrub habitat, coastal live oaks and towering red-rock cliffs. Read more:

Descendants of the Tongva look to their past

The Tongva, also called the “Gabrielinos” by early settlers who — according to the Glendale Historical Society website — would name native tribes after the nearest Mission, were skilled in fishing and made medicinal use of local plants. They had complex social and political systems and the Glendale hillsides where they lived haven’t changed much today.

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Places to See: Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens
6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815 – (562) 431-3541

Free Admission. Free parking is available on site. Enter though Bixby Hill residential security gate at Anaheim Street and Palo Verde Avenue . For information about the site, tours, or special events and programs, please go to


Long Beach History: Rancho Los Alamitos

Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places—once as the sacred Tongva village of Puvungna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin, and for its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca. 1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the long anticipated opening of the Rancho Center, a new exhibition features the Rancho, the people and place over time, within the region and state.

This exceptional site reveals the early Tongva presence, the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of 20th century development. A quintessential place for people to experience the living story of southern California, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of the region, past to present.

The Rancho is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. School tours and Children’s Native American Cultural Workshops are scheduled weekday mornings. Admission is free and free parking is available on site. Enter though Bixby Hill residential security gate at Anaheim Street and Palo Verde. For information about the site, tours, or special events and programs, please go to

6th Annual Life Before Columbus Festival

The kid-friendly 16th Annual Life Before Columbus Festival, hosted by the Gabrielino-Tongva people at the Kuruvungna Springs Cultural Center & Museum, features Native dances, music, storytelling, crafts and displays of historic artifacts. Celebrate the culture and heritage of the First Peoples of Turtle Island at the site of the Tongva Sacred Springs.

October 7, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., FREE

1439 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles
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