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Monrovia History Museum Honors Native Americans

By Susan Motander

The Monrovia Historical Museum will open its newest and one of its largest exhibits this Sunday. The exhibit examines the influence of Native Americans and most especially the local Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians (a part of the Gabrielino/Tonvah Tribe or Nation)
The main feature of the exhibit will be a “kizh” or “ki”, the traditional dome shaped structure of the Gabrielenos. There are even reproductions of pictograph done by early Garbrielenos. These were done with the permission of the band’s current members.
The Kizh was built over several days by members of the band and will be blessed by the group’s Chief, Ernest Salas as a part of the Grand Opening according to Mark Still, curator of the Museum.
The Grand Opening will be held this Sunday, February 9 from 1 to 4 pm. at the Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave. in Monrovia’s Recreation Park. Still said the blessing of the Kizh will be at the beginning of the dedication and suggests those who want to see the blessing ceremony, come early.

September 6, 2012

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8 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Monrovia History Museum Honors Native Americans”

  1. Dear Susan.
    We are working hard to Correct & weed out the False History. For the time is Now to teach the true California Native Kizh Gabrieleno history to our future generations. There was no Native tribe or people called tongva in San Gabriel or the greater Los Angeles basin. The subject tongva is a Self-Designated word with a Self designated definition and has been increasingly used since the 1990s . The Native Inhabitants of the greater Los Angeles Basin were called the “KIZH” People of the willow branch tule and brush houses, “KIZH means houses”. The KIZH village where the San Gabriel Mission stands today was called ” Toviscangna” Not tongva . The Misinterpreted subject name tongva was recorded in 1903 during a recording by historian Miriam Hart when he was giving the KIZH Village name Toviscangna and wrote only what he heard tongva( Merriam 1955:77). Now some of Mirriam Harts recordings are considered Inaccurate. About 1769 during the construction of the FIRST MISSION San Gabriel In the area what is now Whittier Narrows South El monte, the Spanish Called the Natives of the area ” Kicherenos” people of the Brush houses. “In the book The First Angelinos by Willam McCawley it mentions KIZH or Kichireno is not a place name, but a tribename, the name of kind of people”(Harrington 1986:R129F345) .
    Do to the Flood that wiped out the first Constructed Mission which was built of willow branch tule and brush. The Spanish moved to higher ground to the Kizh village of Toviscangna now known as San Gabriel where the Mission sets Today then after completion of the San Gabriel Mission the Natives were changed of their name again and giving the name Gabrieleno named after the San Gabriel Mission. We must all work together like these tongva Non indians groups did to get their name out and recognized which really was no tribe or people and has no true meaning . Click here and see where these tongva have stolen the definition meaning to use for their tongva word. “People of the Earth”. tp://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumeyaay_people . CLICK ON LANGUAGE

    See how The Gabrieleno/Tongva ” self designated” Tribal Council of San Gabriel on their website give a translation of Tongva as “people of the earth”

  2. To whom it May concern
    We are working hard to Correct & weed out the False History. For the time is Now to teach the true California Native Kizh Gabrieleno history to our future generations. There was no Native tribe or people called tongva in San Gabriel or the greater Los Angeles basin. The subject tongva is a Self-Designated word with a Self designated definition and has been increasingly used since the 1990s . The Native Inhabitants of the greater Los Angeles Basin were called the “KIZH” People of the willow branch tule and brush houses, “KIZH means houses”. The KIZH village where the San Gabriel Mission stands today was called ” Toviscangna” Not tongva . The Misinterpreted subject name tongva was recorded in 1903 during a recording by historian Miriam Hart when he was giving the KIZH Village name Toviscangna and wrote only what he heard tongva( Merriam 1955:77). Now some of Mirriam Harts recordings are considered Inaccurate. About 1769 during the construction of the FIRST MISSION San Gabriel In the area what is now Whittier Narrows South El monte, the Spanish Called the Natives of the area ” Kicherenos” people of the Brush houses. “In the book The First Angelinos by Willam McCawley it mentions KIZH or Kichireno is not a place name, but a tribename, the name of kind of people”(Harrington 1986:R129F345) .
    Do to the Flood that wiped out the first Constructed Mission which was built of willow branch tule and brush. The Spanish moved to higher ground to the Kizh village of Toviscangna now known as San Gabriel where the Mission sets Today then after completion of the San Gabriel Mission the Natives were changed of their name again and giving the name Gabrieleno named after the San Gabriel Mission. We must all work together like these tongva Non indians groups did to get their name out and recognized which really was no tribe or people and has no true meaning . Click here and see where these tongva have stolen the definition meaning to use for their tongva word. “People of the Earth”.http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumeyaay_people

    See how The Gabrieleno/Tongva ” self designated” Tribal Council of San Gabriel on their website give a translation of Tongva as “people of the earth”

  3. Dorian Duddley says:

    Library of Congress Recognizes Kizh/Gabrieleno
    http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85052671.html

  4. Dorian Duddley says:

    Scroll down to tribes & Languages. Then Scroll down to Shoshonean Stock it reads the Gabrieleno were called KIZH NOT tongva.
    ttp:/http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10369a.htm

  5. This very interesting. I received a gift of a cigar store indian from a neighbor and researched its history and colors. I was told he was from Monrovia. He is about 4 ft tall – making a salute with an animal animal around his neck. He is very handsome. He appeared to be made of balsa wood and is not heavy. He is standing on a box that was probably filled with sand yo weight him in wind. Any info would be most welcome.

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