The number of Native American tribal languages in California might surprise you — Orange County Register

California might be one of the most diverse states today but before Europeans arrived it was the most diverse place in North America. Root languages of California After contact with the Spanish through the mission period, and Gold Rush encroachment, entire cultures of Native Americans in California were nearly wiped out…

via The number of Native American tribal languages in California might surprise you — Orange County Register

Discovery of Native American burial site pauses freeway renovation on section of 405 — Orange County Register

Centuries before the advent of housing tracts and highways, Native Americans were making Orange County their home. On occasion, a reminder of their early ancestors’ presence taps modern civilization on the shoulder, as it did Sept. 25 when a construction crew unearthed bones next to the 405 Freeway…

via Discovery of Native American burial site pauses freeway renovation on section of 405 — Orange County Register

48th Annual CSU Puvungna Pow Wow & Outreach

MARCH 10 – 11, 2018 – RAIN OR SHINE!

Presented by the American Indian Studies Program , American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student ServicesDivision of Student AffairsStudent Life and Development, and Associated Students, Inc.

Pow Wow

CSULB Annual Pow Wow, Second weekend in March. website:

California State University, Long Beach’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’ central quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 – 11, 2018. The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at Cal State Long Beach is focused on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence. Admission and parking are free. We strongly recommend spectators to bring folding chairs.

The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food begins at 11 AM each day and runs until 10 PM on Saturday and 7 PM on Sunday. In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be Gourd dancing with Dancer Registration closing at 2 PM on Saturday, March 10. All dancers and drums are invited.

Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art.

Download a Pow Wow Flyer 

A campus map and directions can be found at or you may download a Pow Wow Campus Map.

Pow Wow Schedule

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time Event
11:00AM Gourd Dancing
1:00PM Grand Entry
2:00PM Dancer Registration Closes
4:00PM American Indian Student Council (AISC) Special
5:00PM to 6:00PM Dinner Break – California Indian Presentation
10:00PM Closing: Retire Colors and dance out

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Time Event
11:00AM Gourd Dancing
1:00PM Grand Entry
6:00PM Closing: Awards, Retire Colors and dance out

Head Staff:

  • Master of Ceremony: Arlie Neskahi (Diné)
  • Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
  • Head Man Dancer: Casey Fox (Arikara – Three Affiliated Tribes)
  • Head Woman Dancer: Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
  • Host Northern Drum: Coyote Canyon (Southern California)
  • Head Southern Singer: John Begay (Diné)
  • Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
  • Spoonkeeper: Rebecca Sanchez (Yaqui/Mayo/Mexican)
  • California Indian Presentation: Ti’at Society (Tongva)


Head Man, Dr. Casey Fox, and his family are sponsoring a 2018 Royalty Special! The contest is open to any former and current Pow Wow Princesses 18 years of age and older (traditional, jingle, and fancy – must register for Special and be in full regalia).

Contest Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $500, beadset with shawl, star quilt, and jacket
  • 2nd Place: $300, star quilt, and jacket
  • 3rd Place: $200, star quilt, and jacket
  • Consolation gifts will also be offered

Download Dr. Case Fox Special Flyer




Parking Information

Enter the campus from 7th St., Atherton, Bellflower Blvd., or Palo Verde Ave. and follow directional signs to park for free:

  • General Pow Wow Parking in Lots E1, E2, G1, G2, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8, G9, G11, G13, & G14
  • Dancers, Singers, & Head Staff Parking in Lots E8, E9, E10, and E11
  • Vendor Registration & Parking in Lot E7, with additional parking in E8

A campus map and directions can be found at

You can also download a Pow Wow Campus Map

Links for Pow Wow Websites

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.