Hey Los Angeles, You’re on Indian Land!

You know that sayin' "You're on Indian land?? Well, we all are, even here in LA. If you look at where So Cal's cities are today, and where the villages (the Spanish called them Rancharias) were back when, it's pretty much the same spot – wherever there was water and farmable land. Some of the old names, like Tujunga, are still in use, but most have been renamed. By the way, $ contributions for Tongva culture would be most appreciated by http://www.keepersofindigenousways.org

 

Now this whole thing got me thinking about how repetitious and boring the street names are in L.A. – you folks in Pasadena who have to deal with "Villa," "Sierra Madre," Sierra Madre Villa" and all really feel the pain. So I'm gonna suggest to all you real estate developers that instead of reusing all the old SoCal cliches, that you mix it up a bit with some good ol' Tongva names. Like "Junubabit Street" or "Sibanga Court." To this end, I grabbed this list out of an old mission book, and I think you oughta keep this handy at namin' time.

SAN GABRIEL INDIAN RANCHERIAS

 

Ajuibit

Ajuinga

Acuxabit

Acnrabit

Acuranga

Amupubit

Atababit

Achochobit

Amuscopiabit

Asuesabit

Ajuimiabit

Acatabranga

Batequitos

Bonoquin

Cabuepet

Chaubit

Cacayibit

Cucamobit

Cupsabit

Ohibanga

Comurabit

Comicrabit Chaguayabit Choquayabit Corobonabit

Coyubit

Guapiabit

Guinibit

Gebit

Guibabit

Guijabepet

Geverobit

Guaipet

Guachpet

Guibanga

Gorumuga Gonopeapa

Guanchia

Juiubit

Jaibepet

Jaisobit

Jntucabit

laisobit

Jajamobit

Japchibit

Jayabit

Jajobiahit

Jautbit

Jaibenga

Juiunga

Jutucunga

Jeberobit

Jurupe

Junubabit Jaiocopeabit Judamobit

Julagunot

Lomquin

Mairobit

Mamaita

Mujimam

Maromabit

Mapitbit

Naasin

Nosabit

Nonobit

Najayabit

Ojiibit

Pafbenga

Pi mub it

Paparabit

Pububit

Pimocabit

Pajbepet

Pomoqnin

Peotopa

Pimicha

Pamaibit

Picubit

Piamubit

Paboeoya Pachechero Quisaobit

Quinquibit

Quinibit

Sibapet

Seobit

Sapchibit Satucubit Sotaibit

Soabit

Sibanga

Tobpet Topisabit Tucubit

Totabit

Toibepet Tochonabit Tibajabit Tusicabit Tobanbepet Tameobit Tochajana Toibina Tobimobit

Timijahit Tobonga Tobizcanga Taisobit Tomecupna Tujubit

Uchubit Ttucubit

Vabit

 

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~ by ravenjake on March 19, 2010.

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