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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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Catalina Island Museum examines controversial life of amateur “archaeologist”

Exhibiting for the first time a trove of photographs, diaries, letters and journals only recently discovered, this exhibition explores the strange and controversial life of the amateur “archaeologist” Dr. Ralph Glidden.
Wendy Teeter, curator of archaeology at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, said the exhibit presents “an opportunity to discuss what these kinds of collectors were doing across the country and to share some of the pain that Native American communities have been feeling all along.”
The exhibition runs May 11, 2013 – September 29, 2013 at the Catalina Island Museum.

Open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PST)

From the Museum’s website:

Working between 1919 and 1928, Glidden desecrated an ancient cemetery containing hundreds of burial sites. Desperate for money, public attention and respectability, he later opened a “museum” dedicated to his research. Utilizing skeletal remains as a macabre form of decoration, the museum`s unsettling interior attracted hundreds of tourists and was, in Glidden`s own words, “unlike anything else anywhere in this country.”

Any evaluation of the life and work of Ralph Glidden must contend not only with this disregard for the sanctity of human remains, but the near permanent damage he inflicted on research into Native American life on Catalina Island.
While it is true that he uncovered hundreds of burial sites and thousands of artifacts — including mortars and pestles used for preparing food, knives of bone and stone, cooking stones used to boil soup in baskets, flutes made of bone, beads used as currency, arrowheads, war clubs, and fishhooks made of shell and weighted with stone — Glidden`s approach to the organization of what he excavated can only be described as haphazard.
His research followed no scientific method. But perhaps the most heinous and unforgivable aspect of his work was his near total disregard for the sacredness of human remains. The fact that he treated skeletal remains as something titillating, and felt justified in doing so because they were Native American — and not Caucasian or European — is as grotesque as it is inescapable. Unfortunately, his prejudices toward the American Indian reflect an attitude of the time.
But there is little doubt that prejudice was an insurmountable obstacle that kept Glidden from obtaining what he wanted most: professional respectability and public notoriety. He achieved neither. The reason is simple: most people found Glidden`s attitudes repugnant. This exhibition is meant to promote understanding; and it condemns far more than it exalts. It reflects the central belief that through education and exposure to history the brutal transgressions and indignities of the past may never be repeated.
Ralph Glidden`s entire collection was donated to the Catalina Island Museum by Philip K. Wrigley, one of the founders of this museum. The Native American Grave and Repatriation Act of 1990 grants Native Americans the right to reclaim the remains of their ancestors and other sacred objects. Today, museums in the United States no longer exhibit Native American remains. All of the Catalina Island Museum Museum`s American Indian remains are housed at the University of California at Los Angeles and studied by archaeologists at UCLA`s Fowler Museum.
Exhibition Sponsors
  • Steve and Ronna Schreiner
  • `Ohana Harbor Coffee Company
  • Santa Catalina Island Company
  • Steven Mandel, M.D.
  • Jim and Joyce Brown
  • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • Hermosa Hotel
  • Catalina Beach House
  • Hotel Metropole and Marketplace
  • Catalina Island Vacation Rentals
  • Catalina Island Real Estate
  • Steve`s Steakhouse

The Nature of Place: From Rancho Los Alamitos to the New Urban Scene

Sunday, June 23, 2013

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Conversations in Place 2013
The Nature of Place: From The Rancho to the New Urban Scene – When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

More and more, people are discovering the value of “ordinary places” within a region and state and people famous for its iconic, extraordinary imagery.

Speakers: D. J. Waldie and Christopher Hawthorne with additional distinguished panelists Gred Goldin, Alan Pulman, and Michael Bohn.

Details and reservations

Enjoy California’s best including top-notch historians and ecologists; urban planners, architects and critics; celebrated journalists and commentators; and nationally renowned writers. Consider Rancho Los Alamitos and the Los Angeles Basin then and now … where we have been and where we are going, Talk with the renowned speakers and panelists during the refreshing and filling mid-afternoon break or following the Conversation for the day.

Now is the time to reserve your place for the Conversation on June 23rd by calling The Rancho office at (562) 431-3541 or by visiting the website at

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

Why Go Green?

There are a variety of reasons to go green, but most come back to supply and demand. We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them up. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we’ve experienced, we need to take action.

Green building is a great place to start, as buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States alone (according to the US Green Building Council). That’s 15 trillion gallons of water and 3 billion tons of raw materials each year! If that’s not enough to convince you, here are some other reasons to go green:

For The Environment

Want to make the world a better place? Implementing green practices into your home or office can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

For The Savings

Want to make your dollar go further? Green systems and materials reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduce your energy bills. They also increase asset value and profits and decrease marketing time; making your dollar go further for longer.

For Your Health

Want to live healthier? Green building isn’t just good for the environment; it’s also good for YOU. Sustainable design and technology enhance a resident’s overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing noise pollution. According to a 2006 study by the Center of the Built Environment, University of California, green office buildings improve productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

Wondrous Wildflowers at Grow Native Nursery Friday to Sunday

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery will feature California native plant sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday at the botanic garden.

"Choose from a fantastic selection of flowers including baby blue-eyes (Nemophila menziesii), farewell-to-spring (Clarkia) and California poppies (Eschscholzia californica)," according to the botanic gardens Web site.

· Spring wildflower Walks on Saturdays and Sundays will take place at 2 p.m. from Saturday through May 16.

· Tours are $8 for adults; $6 for students and seniors; $4 for ages 3 through 12; and free for those under age 3.

· Tongva Living History will let visitors "explore the fascinating history and culture of the Tongva people, the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles region at the Garden’s Tongva Village Site," according to the garden’s Web site. The presentation will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tongva means "people of the earth."

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery is at 1500 N. College Ave. in Claremont. Information: 909-625-8767 or