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Puvungna 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.

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.

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 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.

While little is known about the ancient Tongva people today, the names for many of their villages live on as the names of cities and places across Southern California, including Azusa, Cucamonga, Pacoima, Tujunga, Topanga, Cahuenga, and many others.

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320 acres of Rancho Los Alamitos becomes CSULB

Cal State University Long Beach is built on sacred ground of the Tongva Tribe. Their Native American ancestors 500 years ago occupied a village on the campus called Puvungna. In 1992, the Tongva and their supporters battled plans to build the shopping center, and later won.

In June of 1950, local residents authorized the City Council to buy 320 acres of Rancho Los Alamitos in East Long Beach at Seventh Street and Bellflower Boulevard which was first named Long Beach State College.

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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.

Autographed Copies of Puvungna Now Available

Due to popular demand, the author is making autographed copies of the first edition of Puvungna available for purchase.  For more details, see the special listing on

This special offer includes free shipping to the U.S. (shipping worldwide is also available) for just $12.99. 

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Puvungna – the new novella by Daniel R Stiel is released

Puvungna - The story of a lost Indian Village

Puvungna - The story of a lost Indian Village

“Puvungna,” the new novella by Daniel Ross Stiel, was released today.  Available at selected booksellers, including, the fiction story is about two young boys who travel back in time and discover an Indian village along the shores of a Southern California beach.

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“Whispers,” a film about the Tongva, Chumash and Juaneno

Bringing The Circle Together presents a screening of ‘Whispers.’  The film presents a documentary on three Native American cultures of Southern California: Tongva, Chumash, and Juaneno. 


·         Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 7pm

·         Where: Democracy Forum, 111 North Central Ave, downtown Los Angeles (across from the Japanese American National Museum)

·         Time: Doors open at 6:30pm.


Chumash filmmaker George Angelo, Jr. interviews and documents three Indigenous cultures of Southern California: the Chumash, Tongva/Gabrieleno, and Juaneno. This extraordinary documentary presents their history and living traditions, with a special focus on rock art, the tomol, and dolphin dancers. Guests include filmmaker George Angelo, Jr.


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Sponsored by The Japanese American National Museum, Hecho de Mano, InterTribal Entertainment, and Nahui Ohlin


Puvungna to be sold via

The newly published novella by Daniel Ross Stiel, Puvungna, featuring beautiful cover art by John Salazar, is now in print-production and will be available through popular on-line booksellers beginning March 1st!


“Puvungna” will be available for purchase on,, and beginning March 1, 2009.


For wholesale book sellers, “Puvungna” will also be available on and beginning March 15, 2009.