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Shwaanga: one of the densest populated Tongva villages of the Los Angeles Basin and a gateway to the ocean and to the interior. It was a pivotal place for trade, hunting, fishing, gatherings, important ceremonies, festivals and for collecting fresh water once called “Sweet Water.”
This proposal is to create a “Living Museum/Educational Habitat” at Harbor Regional Park/Machado Lake. This is a revitalization project to preserve the area for generations to come. A Tongva Wetland Village, called the Shwaanga Village, and it will instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for our Mother Earth, her water, her air, and her ecosystems. The village will be shared with schools, communities and other organizations to engage, entertain, and educate through exhibits, storytelling and programs about the earth, its wetland’s and the lives of the Indigenous People and the descendants of the Tongva nation.
Wee’ Nehiinkem- All Our Relatives:

Statement of Need: Why this project is necessary.
The upkeep, repair and continuous vandalism of this area has indicated a very serious need to look for solutions. Our response is a revitalization program that is a two fold solution which combines the Indigenous People’s cultural mandate to protect and preserve the environment with helping the City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks, and the surrounding communities preserve one of the last natural wetlands of the Los Angeles Basin.

Project Description:
These programs will be implemented by Inner Tribal Indigenous Staff, Community Volunteers,  trained Docents and Friends of Indigenous Ways.
 The following pages will give you a detailed outline of Implementation:


The first thing we will ask all our guests is to leave all electronics at home or in their cars.
Imagine spending an entire day with Native Americans (Indigenous People) doing things that they have been doing for thousands of years. Imagine going on a tour of a real Tongva village and being guided on a lake on which our ancestors used to hunt and fish. Imagine the thrill of making a real tule canoe with your own hands. Imagine being guided through a village identifying plants and animals the way Native Americans did. Imagine sitting near a fire while a Native American told you stories from long ago. Also you would be learning songs of our People and sharing in a dance or two, around the campfire where legends are made. This is an opportunity for all people who want to come for a day, a weekend, or a week of sharing. It is something for the whole family to enjoy and learn about the “First People of the Los Angeles Basin”.

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