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California Indian historian to discuss role of Tongva tribe in local economy

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On Sunday, June 19, from 9:30am to 11:30am, Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation will host a lecture, discussion, and book-signing featuring foremost California Indian historian Dr. George Harwood Phillips, author of the acclaimed publication Vineyards and Vaqueros: Indian Labor and the Economic Expansion of Southern California, 1771-1877.
In his comprehensive new work, Phillips for the first time brings together the early historical record to document the working contributions of Southern California native people and culture during turbulent times. He recounts how the Tongva of Povuu’ngna and other native people built and sustained the emerging economy and culture of greater Los Angeles for almost a century. No one knows if the 33 Indians working at Rancho Los Alamitos in 1836 lived in the ancestral village of Povuu’ngna, but by 1852 there remained 33 Indians still living and working at Alamitos, 14 of them under the age of 12.
The community is invited to join the gathering at Povuu’ngna, the home of Rancho Los Alamitos, as Phillips and members of the Tongva community today discuss how the native people throughout Southern California built the early region and Rancho Los Alamitos.
The event will take place at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. Free parking is available at CSULB Lot 11 on Palo Verde Ave., with continuous shuttle service to the Rancho. Shuttle buses are handicapped-accessible.
Admission is free, but reservations are required by Monday, June 13. Reservations may be made by calling the Rancho at (562) 431-3541 or via email at [email protected]

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California Indian historian to discuss role of Tongva tribe in local economy