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.


Rancho Los Alamitos Center & Barns Area Restoration Grand Opening – June 10, 2012

1,500 years of local history – from Native American to Spanish and Mexican ownership to mid-1900s cattle ranch – will once again be reintroduced atop a Long Beach’s Bixby Hill with Sunday’s grand re-dedication of Rancho Los Alamitos.

Considered a sacred space by the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe who called it Puvungna (also spelled Povuu’ngna), the ranch consists of 7.5 acres located adjacent to Cal State University at Long Beach.

Historic Rancho Los Alamitos’ open house party will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., featuring performances by Paso de Oro Dance Company, El Mariachi Zacatecas, Intertribal Bird Singers, The Shanty Man Bill Dempsey, California Cowboy Band and the International Peace Choir.

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, second, for the evolution of 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 opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the 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.

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Native American ancestral remains quietly reinterred

Many years ago, a Gabrielino/Tongva cemetery was unearthed, along with many cultural artifacts, in Playa Vista. For years over 1,500 ancestral remains were placed in a Playa Vista warehouse awaiting reburial.

On May 20, in a small, quiet ceremony with few people in attendance, several bundles, which can hold several dozen fragile remains, were reinterred at Ballona Discovery Park in Playa Vista.

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Chumash Village opens Saturday at Leonis Adobe Museum, Woodland Hills

A new Chumash Village will be dedicated this Saturday at Leonis Adobe Museum in Woodland Hills during a "California Tribal Gathering" of family fun. The Chumash, also known as the Tongva, inhabited a dozen settlements across the San Fernando Valley. The new exhibit includes three authentic dwellings, or ‘aps,’ built by Chumash Indians and Boy Scouts from tule reeds gathered at Malibou Lake.

The Saturday afternoon celebration features an authentic recreation of a historic village, cultural displays, vendors, food, jewelry artists, storytelling and music. T Alfred Mazza and Graywolf, curators of the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks, will provide performances, as will Chumash storytellers and bird singers.

The Leonis adobe, built in the 1840s, was later inhabited by Miguel Leonis and his wife, Espiritu, daughter of a Chumash chief. According to historians, Miguel Leonis was a powerfully built Basque smuggler and local hooligan who ruled the region until he fell off a wagon while drunk in the Cahuenga Pass.

Rancho Center and historic Barns area at the Rancho Los Alamitos

Be among the first to view the stunning exhibits in the magnificent new Rancho Center and restored historic Barns area at the Rancho Los Alamitos. There will be a special price for members of the Rancho. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. For information and reservations, please visit the Rancho’s website:

Save the Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012, Grand Opening Preview Luncheon <<…>>

Concert for Rancho Los Alamitos

“Robert Cummings’ suite has tapped into the spiritual essence of Rancho Los Alamitos, or Puvungna—a sacred site that represents the past, present and future of California,” said Pamela Seager, Rancho Los Alamitos Executive Director. “We are excited for this performance ahead of our June Grand Opening.” Regular ticket prices for Levels 1-3 are $80, $65, and $45. Long Beach Symphony Orchestra will offer a 50% discount for Levels 1-3 for those who call to order tickets and mention Rancho Los Alamitos. The discounted ticket prices are: $40, $32.50, and $22.50 respectively.

On April 28, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Arturo Diemecke will perform the world premiere of the first movement of Robert Cummings’s "Suite for Double String Orchestra for Rancho Los Alamitos," a work that Cummings composed for the site several years ago after a visit to the historic landmark.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
8:00 p.m.
Terrace Theater

For tickets to the concert or for more information, please call Rene Franks at (562) 436-3203, extension #234, or (949) 679-0604. Please be sure to leave a message if she does not answer. You can also email her at groupsales.


A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters Performed at Long Beach City College

What is it that divides us as Angelinos…Californians… Americans… humans? Is it racial differences? Cultural differences? Perhaps it’s differences of faith. What if we could open a dialogue about these differences? What if when we did we found that these “differences” are actually what secretly bring us together? These are some of the questions that are posed by James Still’s powerful, lyric drama A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters being presented on the main stage auditorium at Long Beach City College beginning March 29, 2012. We open March 29th and perform Friday and Saturday March 30 & 31 as well at 8PM. We have a Sunday matinee, April 1st at 2PM. We then run for a second week, Thursday and Friday at 8PM and we close with two performances on Saturday, April 7th at 2PM and at 8PM. Call (562) 938-4563for ticket information.