Meeting the Kizh

the internet web log of jesse la tour Saturday, October 12, 2013 For a couple years now, I’ve been researching local history for a couple writing projects I’mworking on, most recently a historical novel set in Orange County. I want to understand thehistory of the area where I live, the real unvarnished history, which is so full of struggle andsuffering, … Read More

Kizh – Gabrieleño History

The history of our people goes back thousands of years.  For millennia, we developed a complex and beautiful culture, which included religion, astronomy, rich and varied cuisine, economy, and complex social structures.  We developed ingenious ways to live sustainably off the land of Southern California and its natural resources.  The name of our tribe, Kizh (pronounced Keech), comes from the … Read More

Ode to L.A.’s First Inhabitants

Ode to L.A.’s First Inhabitants : It Took 17 Years to Write, but Bill McCawley’s Book on the Gabrielino Fills a Major Gap in California’s History October 24, 1996|DENNIS McLELLAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER Bill McCawley has been fascinated by Southern California history since he was a kid growing up in Long Beach in the 1960s, a time when there … Read More

Gabrieleño -Kizh Tribal Territory: Bean & Smith

Gabrieleño -Kizh Tribal Territory Bean & Smith The Gabrieleño (gabreal’eno) are, in many ways, one of the most interesting-yet least known-of native California peoples . At the time of Spanish contact in 1769 they occupied the “most richly endowed coastal section in southern California” (Blackburn 1962-1963 :6), which is most of present-day Los Angeles and Orange counties, plus several offshore … Read More

Azusa uncovers ancient village

AZUSA – The recently unearthed Native-American camp found on a housing project site was a prehistoric village known as Ashuukshanga, an archaeology firm said Friday. The camp, which measures 120 feet by 220 feet, is believed to have been a food-processing center for the Tongva/Gabrielino Indians. Stone slabs used to grind seeds and more than 100 other grinding stones were … Read More

Saving Our Sacred Site, Whittier Narrows!

Whittier Narrows | Kizh Nation | Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians

Saving Our Sacred Site, Whittier Narrows! Come join us for an informal celebration at our Sacred Site in Whittier Narrows. All of our friends and family will be there to join in the celebration. It has taken years of hard work and lots of helping hands to stop the destruction of this beautiful area. It’s A Potluck! Please bring side … Read More

Menudo Breakfast Sunday June 10th, 2018

KIZH NATION Menudo Breakfast - Coffee and Pan Dulce

MENUDO BREAKFAST! Just $10.00! KIZH NATION – Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians is sponsoring a Menudo Breakfast with coffee and Pan Dulce! DATE: Sunday June 10th, 2018.TIME: 9am – 1:30pmLOCATION: GRAPEVINE ARBOR ROOM (324 S. MISSION DR SAN GABRIEL)TICKETS: $10.00 per personCONTACT: LUCY AT (626) 675-1701OR CONTACT: LIZ AT (562) 665-7315 First come, first serve and OPEN TO ALL! KIZH … Read More

5 Fake Indians. Checking a Box Doesn’t Make You Native!

Census data about Native Americans is often misleading Perhaps no one causes more confusion and muddies the water more than fake Indians. We used to call them wannabe Indians, affirmative action Indians, Johnny come lately Indians, census Indians, among others. They mislead the public. My uncle, Tom Godwin, an electronics genius, worked for Martin Marietta in Denver for 30 years. … Read More