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Mural Celebrates the Tongva Nation: “Still Here After 10,000 Years”

Posted on 01/31/2024

Last week, Council President Paul Krekorian cut the ribbon on the Valley's newest landmark, a massive mural celebrating the contributions of the Tongva people to the City of Los Angeles, from ancient times to the present day.

When European settlers first arrived in Southern California, approximately 5,000 members of the Tongva nation lived in 100 villages, from San Gabriel to Catalina. Today, over 2,000 Tongva members live in and contribute to the City of Los Angeles.

Working with Tongva culture bearers Tina and Jessa Calderon, indigenous artist Matthew Dominguez designed the mural, executed by a team of artists from local nonprofit Muralism, under the direction of Muralism founder Ernie Merlan. The mural covers the west-facing wall of Fire Station 60 in North Hollywood near Chandler and Tujunga.

(Tina Calderon, Tongva Culture Bearer and inspiration for North Hollywood's “Still Here After 10,000 Years” mural.)