Monday, February 11, 2008

Archaeology, Los Angeles

Here's a post link to my other blog, about Native American remains in Los Angeles County.

Not to repeat it all here, but during the construction of a pricy condo development, bodies of the Tongva people were found--a cemetery full. There are still people who belong to this tribe--the Tongva are often called Gabrielinos. Rather than turn over the bodies for reburial, the "authorities" (whatever that means) have stored and studied them and apparently wanted to hold on to them a while longer, because. . . um. . . . I dunno.

Read further, if you like. Most Los Angeles folks have never heard of Tongva, but Los Angeles itself is pretty poor at preserving or celebrating its history.

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