It is with deep sadness that we honor the passing of beloved cultural counselor, educator and Tongva Tribal elder Julia Louise Bogany “Wiseone.”
Through story-sharing and research, Bogany’s decade-long practice aimed to increase knowledge, appreciation and support of Tongva language and cultural practice.
We are profoundly grateful to have known Bogany’s boundless generosity, warmth, energy, candor, wisdom and inspiration. Her legacy will live through the people and public artworks that she has touched, in and across the Southern California region.
“Relationships with people empower us to do the work with and in community.” - Julia Louise Bogany
Grounded in this belief, we strive to honor her legacy.
We invite you to learn more about Bogany and the Metro artworks she contributed her knowledge to by reading the full tribute by Project Manager Letitia Fernandez Ivins, published today on the Source.
Grand Park is deeply saddened by the recent loss of our dear friend, advisor and beloved Tongva tribal elder, Julia Louise Bogany "Wiseone" (@julia_bogany ), of the Gabrieleño - Tongva Tribe.
🙏🏽 Grand Park is honored to have had the partnership and guidance from a loving matriarch such as Julia. Her legacy lives on through the invaluable contributions and lessons she passed on to the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles' Native American communities. A culture educator and community leader, Julia shared valuable teachings and encouraged the youth. She always empowered and showed true leadership in historic moments such as the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue at Grand Park, to serving on Boards and being of service on the Tongva Tribal Council.
Grand Park is grateful to have shared in Julia's journey and will continue to uphold and uplift her work in the community. 🕊🙏🏽
Beautiful and impactful images captured by:
📸 #2 @rageone
📸 #3 @lataco by Erika Huerta
In honor of Tongva Matriarch Julia Bogany.
I had the privilege of being with Julia a few times at an event for the LA River and to bring in the New Year in Downtown.
She was generous, loving, wise and kind. I wish I got to know her more.
Sending my love and condolences to her family and friends and everyone that loved her. It is clear she is loved by so many.
We honor you. We celebrate your life and legacy. Thank you thank you thank you.
May your light shine through your children’s children for ever more.
Elder Julia created tobevisible.org to spread awareness about Tongva Culture.
Please visit the site to learn more and you can still contribute to the gofundme campaign, link in bio.
Graphic work by @viva_la_autonomia
Posted by @iiyc.la
It is with a heavy heart that I create this post. A week ago today our Tongva Elder Auntie Julia Bogany transitioned to the spirit world. The saying of: when an elder transitions we lose a library, is so true. Auntie Julia achieved so much in her lifetime, she worked hard for visibility towards us Tongva people. She worked on so many projects that we see in LA. It’s because of the work that she and other elders have put in, that I am proud and stand tall as Tongva woman. I know that she wore shoes that could never be filled. So we place them on our spiritual alter and do our best to honor her in our work moving forward for the next generations to come. Visit her website tobevisible.org and lift her family up in good thoughts and vibration 💗 (thank you to those of you who checked in on me during this past week, you are appreciated 💗)
With both immense lament and gratitude in our hearts, we send our prayers to the friends and family of Tongva Matriarch Julia Bogany as she transitions on. We are so honored to have witnessed her strength, compassion, wisdom and all her contributions in raising awareness of the Tongva peoples within Tovangaar (LA Basin.) Her role as an educator to the next generation of people living with Tongva Lands has been imprinted onto this world and we pray that we can all embody her spirit of advocacy, reciprocity, and honor.
You can learn more about Elder Julia and her work on her website tobevisible.org, which is a project she created to spread awareness about Tongva culture, so that her grandchildren and future generations wouldn't have to struggle to be recognized the way she did.
•Graphic work by @viva_la_autonomia
We are deeply saddened and send our prayers to the friends and family of Tongva Matriarch @julia_bogany as she passed a few days ago. We want to recognize her leadership, strength, wisdom and all her contributions in raising awareness of the Tongva tribes within the LA basin and her role as an educator to the next generation of visitors living on Tongva Land. Thank you Julia! ❤️May your friends and family have peace in these times. 🙏🏼
Sadden by the news of the passing of Tongva Elder Julia Bogany. Her wisdoms and love for her people and this land we be heard and felt for many generations to come. May she find peace in her journey as an ancestor. Prayers for her and her family.
All my relations.
We are in Tongva Land
Compañera Julia Bogany PRESENTE
Ahora Y SIEMPRE
Los Angeles State Historic Park honors the passing of Tongva elder Julia Bogany.
Julia is a leader who’s efforts to raise awareness of the Tongva will continue to echo throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. Heavily involved in her community, she also made the time to be a teacher and consultant to countless organizations and government agencies like ours where indigenous voices are absent within the staff. We thank Julia for working with us and will continue to apply what she’s taught us in future endeavors.
Her legacy lives on. More information on her and her work can be found at the link in our bio and at her personal account @julia_bogany
El Parque Histórico Estatal de Los Ángeles honra la vida de Julia Bogany, Tongva matriarca.
Julia es una líder que trabajó duro para llamar la atención y enseñar acerca de los Tongva, sus esfuerzos impactando el condado de Los Ángeles y más allá. Siempre estaba involucrada en su comunidad, y aun así tomaba el tiempo para ser maestra y consultora de innumerables organizaciones y agencias gubernamentales como la nuestra, donde las voces indígenas están ausentes. Agradecemos a Julia por trabajar con nosotros y seguiremos aplicando lo que nos ha enseñado en proyectos futuros.
Su legado sigue vivo. Puede encontrar más información sobre ella y su trabajo en el link en nuestra biografía y en su cuenta personal @julia_bogany
We are deeply saddened to hear of our friend Julia Bogany's passing. Though she will be missed by so many, her legacy will live on through her incredible work in support of the Tongva community.
Last year, we asked Julia to write the land acknowledgment for our production of Sweet Land. These are her words:
We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming humans with order / knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors, imbued the responsibility and obligation to our original instructions, guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of and ensure the welfare of the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression, the NATURE, and to pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come. (And to all those that now live here). — Julia Bogany, Gabrieleno Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
Honoring the passing of Julia Bogany
On behalf of the American Indian Studies Center, the AIS IDP, and the Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Issues, we write with our deep condolences and to honor the passing of Julia Bogany, who joined the ancestors this past weekend. Julia was a Tongva cultural educator, innovative teacher, appointed cultural advisor of the Gabrielino Tongva and counselor to many institutions. At UCLA she was part of numerous projects and undertakings to ensure that campus broadened its relationships to the original land caretakers. In addition to participating in many of our events, Julia was a community collaborator on research projects such as the NSF-funded Diverse Perspectives on Water, on which she was currently serving as a community advisor. She also served in an advisory role to the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens, helping us to establish Tongva-orientated spaces on campus. Julia provided key input on the development of the UCLA Land Acknowledgement and worked extensively with the Special Advisor on topical issues ranging from the establishment of a reflection area on UCLA campus, returning of ancestors, developing important Tongva Cultural education with Mapping Indigenous LA, connecting between Kuruvungna Springs and UCLA community, to addressing other areas of Tongva presence on campus. In addition, she was a collaborator in the community coalition Indigenous Education Now, of which the AISC is also a part. These were just first steps, and Julia had many plans for deepening our connections at UCLA.
Her presence and guidance throughout the years will be deeply missed, as will her friendliness and passion for youth and education. We are honored to have known her, thankful for the opportunity to have worked with her, and grateful to have learned from her. Julia’s strength, wisdom, and cultural knowledge will be truly missed by all of us here at UCLA.
-Shannon Speed, Director UCLA American Indian Studies Center
-Randall Akee, Chair American Indian Studies Program
-Mishuana Goeman, Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Issues