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This Chumash basket, which includes Tongva stylistic details, is woven from sumac and juncus. The Chumash and Tongva territories bordered one another, resulting in cultural exchange between the two groups, as exemplified by the merging of styles in this basket. 

Donated by John and Sally Campbell 



These traditional Chaawchakel game pieces are made from walnut shells and split reeds, inlaid with asphaltum (tar) (shaanat) and abalone. 

Loan courtesy of Craig Torres 



Doll created by artist Michael Ghostcrow Bracamontes (Taa’Xaaki shum Ghostcrow). The doll represents a spiritual leader named Redbird.

Loan courtesy of CSUDH American Indian Institute 



This is one of eleven cogstones, dating from 6000-3000 BCE, that were unearthed during the 1930 remodel of the Rancho Los Cerritos adobe. Cogstones are unique to Southern California, but modern scholars are not in agreement about the functions they may have served. Scan the QR code to learn more about cogstones, video courtesy of The Cooper Center 

Donated by Elizabeth “Betty” Bixby 


Wooden model of a ti’aat by canoe master, Michael Anderson. 

Loan courtesy of Cindi Alvitre 


This style of awl (‘eviit), made of deer antler and metal, is used in basket weaving. The awl belonged to Justin Farmer, renowned Ipay basket weaver. 

Loan courtesy of CSUDH American Indian Institute 


Basket Start 

An example of the beginning of a basket, woven from juncus (shwaar) and yucca fibers (akoo). 

Loan courtesy of Craig Torres 


Tule Doll 

Tongva children played with dolls fashioned from tule reeds (she’iiy mehaa’ar). This doll represents a baby in a basket, wrapped in a rabbit skin blanket (‘apeehan toshooxot). 

Loan courtesy of Julia Bogany



Contemporary Tongva necklace (xuuno) made of soapstone (‘eesey). 

Loan courtesy of Craig Torres