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.
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.
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!)
This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. The Tongva language (also known as Gabrielino or Gabrieleño ) is a Uto-Aztecan language formerly spoken by the Tongva, a Native American people who live in and around Los Angeles, California. It has not been a language of everyday conversation since the 1940s.
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.
The Tongva believed in a religion named after their creator: Chingichnish. Artists designed sand portraits representing the universe in front of alters dedicated to the creator. Both women and men could be shamans, and they were the religious leaders and healers of the tribe.
On June 14, 1846, American settlers in Sonoma rose up against the Mexican authorities who governed the territory and declared the establishment of the independent California Republic.
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.
1a: a Shoshonean people of Los Angeles and Orange counties, California. b: a member of such people.
Thus divided and isolated, the original Californians were a diverse population, separated by language into as many as 135 distinct dialects. Tribes included the Karok, Maidu, Cahuilleno, Mojave, Yokuts, Pomo, Paiute, and Modoc.