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

Will a tribal village rise on San Juan Capistrano land? — Orange County Register

Acjachemen tribal members said they hope to end delays that have dragged out for 4 years efforts to build a small simulated Native American village in a San Juan Capistrano park.

via Will a tribal village rise on San Juan Capistrano land? — Orange County Register

The “first known painting of Southern California.”

San Gabriel Mission, painted by Ferdinand Deppe in 1832, is by many believed to be the “first known painting of Southern California.” His simple composition of the Spanish mission features a native Tongva dwelling, a symbol of the original civilization in a largely uninhabited land.”

San Gabriel Mission, painted by Ferdinand Deppe

San Gabriel Mission, painted by Ferdinand Deppe

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.

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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