A new, permanent display of the Gabrielino/Tongva tribe’s life on the Del Rey Hills is now on view in University Hall, Loyola Marymount University’s main administration building.
The artifacts, uncovered during construction during the 1990s, document the Gabrielino/Tongva people’s way of life as the first inhabitants of the area dating back to at least the fifth century.
“[The display] acknowledges that our tribe existed here and had its own culture,” said Richard Alcala, a member of the Tongva tribal council. “And it shows that the university cares enough to preserve these artifacts and educate future generations.”
The display on the first floor of University Hall consists of an assortment of bowls, pottery shards and stone hunting tools. Also on display are photographs depicting Tongva life at the beginning of the 20th century.
Visitors to the university, including elementary, middle and high school classes, will get a vivid introduction to the history of the area, Alcala said.“We want students to be curious about their history and the people who first lived here,” he added.
LMU is also home to a Tongva Memorial, on the bluffs near University Hall. The stone circle memorializes the 21 Native American sites that existed along the Ballona Creek from the Playa del Rey Beach through the Del Rey Hills and into the western slopes of Baldwin Hills. It is the site of several Tongva services during the year.