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Tongva: The First Peoples of Los Angeles

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Social Studies, Science
Native Americans, California, Nature

Students will answer the question “How did the Tongva use their knowledge of the land and the environment to survive?” by

  • learning about different environments
  • analyzing objects
  • interacting with museum teachers through the chat box and polls
  • documenting what they have learned on guided student response sheets

2023 Schedule

Start Date: January 23, 2023

End Date: May 22, 2023 


  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:00 pm.. - 2:00 p.m.

Click on the link to sign up for the Webinar: Autry Education Webinar Sign-ups


During the Tongva: The First Peoples of Los Angeles webinar, students will answer the question “How did the Tongva use their knowledge of the land and the environment to survive?” Students will answer this question by learning about some of the environments that have been, and continue to be, important to the Tongva. Students will also answer this question by looking closely at objects, including natural resources and artifacts, before making hypotheses about which environments the different natural resources belong to. This webinar is intended for upper elementary grades.


CA HSS 3.1.1

CA HSS 3.1.2

CA HSS 3.2.1

CA HSS 3.2.2

CA HSS 4.1.3

Webinar Resources

Webinar Student Response Sheet: Tongva Webinar Student Response Sheet; Fillable

Webinar Pre-Lesson: Tongva Webinar Pre-Lesson; fillable

Webinar Post-Lesson: Tongva Webinar Post-Lesson; fillable

Links to Associated Resources

Lesson: Art and Activism - Desert Communities

Lesson: Art and Activism - Gold Rush

Lesson: Super Indians - Superheroes

Lesson: When I Remember I See Red - American Indian Art and Activism in California Art Analysis

Video: Pomo Genocide

Video: The Story of Mabel McKay

Lesson: First Peoples of the American West

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
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