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Toypurina

Monday, July 21st 2008, 7 PM

Our next meeting will be the story of one of the most dynamic leaders of the local Indian tribes. Toypurina, was a Tongva medicine woman who opposed the rule of Spanish missionaries in California, and led an unsuccessful rebellion against them. Born in 1760, Toypurina was 9-years-old when the Spanish settlers first invaded what is now the Los Angeles basin. She was 11 when Mission San Gabriel was begun. She was 21 when Governor Felipe de Neve founded the City of Los Angeles. In time, Toypurina rose to be a powerful spiritual leader, respected for her bravery and wisdom.

It's for this reason we chose to portray her on our La Crescenta Library History Plaque to represent the Tongva period of history in the Crescenta Valley.

Our speaker, Dee Dominguez is the Tribal Chair of the Kitanemuk Tribe of Tejon Indians, and is a famed storyteller and basketweaver.




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