The "Tongva Dancers" perform social songs and dances for the public at special events through-out the year..
The Tongva Dancers celebrate the songs and dances, rituals and ceremonies of pre-European Tovangar: the culture and world of the Tongva, the indigenous people of Los Angeles basin. This world, comprised of hundreds of villages and towns, stretched from what is now Newport Beach to Malibu and as far northeast as San Bernardino and northwest into the San Fernando Valley. It included the four southern Channel Islands.
Our ceremonies, songs and dances were at holt during the mission era, a mistaken notion that we became extinct developed. But we have survived and "We are still here!". The Gabrieleno Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians original historical tribe proudly re-serviced in Spring 1995 under the auspices of the Gabrieleno Tongva's Tribal Council to continue their traditional ancestral ways on continuing ceremonies and learning and performing traditional and social modern songs and dances.
Dancers of all ages make up the dance company- from elders to children.
The company's handmade regalia, instruments, the songs, music, dances and ceremonies are all created from an extensive ongoing research program into Gabrieleno history and culture.
For information regarding performances and engagements, contact:
Tribal Council @ 626-286-1632
Tax- deduction donations to our tribal council or dance company are greatly appreciated. Such donations are used in the continuous research and development of regalia, instruments, music etc. Checks should be made out to: Gabrieleno Tongva Tribal Council Mail to: P.O. Box 693, San Gabriel, CA. 91778