The Gabrielino proper inhabited what are now southern and eastern Los Angeles county and northern Orange county, as well as the islands of Santa Catalina and San Clemente; they were named after the Franciscan mission San Gabriel Arcángel (and thus have sometimes been called San Gabrielinos).
The Tongva also traded seeds, fish, furs, and animal skins. Sometimes they used money made from discs of clam shells.
The Tribe has been indigenous to the Los Angeles Basin for 7,000 years. This history is well- documented through 2,800 archaeological sites, in State historical records and federal archives, and Catholic church records at San Gabriel Mission and San Fernando Mission.
The Gabrielinos were hunter-gatherers, and moved from place to place frequently as they gathered food for their families. Gabrielino men hunted deer, rabbits, and small game, and went fishing in the rivers and ocean. Gabrielino women gathered acorns, nuts, beans, and fruits.
Literally, it means “the world,” this hill and everything around it, as seen through the eyes of the Tongva, the first residents of the land.
Yurok, North American Indians who lived in what is now California along the lower Klamath River and the Pacific coast. They spoke a Macro-Algonquian language and were culturally and linguistically related to the Wiyot.
They ate the flowers and the sweet, yellow-‐tan fruit. They also dried some of the fruit in the sun, ground them into flour, and made cakes. They even ate the grasshoppers that lived in the groves.
Their food included staple diet of acorns which they ground into acorn meal to make soup, cakes and bread. These great fishers used nets and harpoons to capture sharks and even whales. Smaller fish such as sea bass, trout, shellfish and halibut were primary food sources.
Tongva word of the day for 26 April 2013 — miyiiha’ ” hello “, spoken by Jacob Gutierrez of the Gabrielino – Tongva Language Committee. (This word more literally means ” say what?”, which can in fact also be a greeting in English!)
Los Angeles County, home to more Native Americans/ Alaska Natives than any other county in the United States, totals around 140,764 people. Los Angeles County is home to three Native American Indian tribes that predate the establishment of California Missions: the Ventureño, Gabrieleño, and Fernandeño.
Hahamongna also refers to the original Native American tribe of the Tongva Indians who once inhabited the area.