We are thrilled and honored to announce Julia Bogany, a member of the Tongva tribe, as NICWA's highest honor, the Champion for Native Children. Ms. Bogany consistently volunteers to teach, attends meetings, is on Tribal Council, and serves as a Cultural Consultant at the tribe. She has worked for over 20 years providing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) trainings, and workshops in her community. She is a strong advocate for youth and is using her knowledge and experience to greatly improve the lives of generations to come.
Julia recently spoke with artist Sheila Pinkel and Uncommon Good director Nancy Mintie about the importance of Native American visibility and activism in art. This video explains the importance of using art within architecture to tell the story of a place and a people, and showcases some of Sheila's work about the Tongva, which Julia helped inform her on throughout her process.
"People of the Earth: Life and Culture of the Tongva" will be open to the public at the Santa Monica History Museum until May 5th, 2018.
Community and social structure
Use of plants (for food, medicine, tools, and musical instruments)
Methods for building huts and canoes
Profiles of significant figures, such as Toypurina
The disruption of life due to the forced move to the San Gabriel Mission
Indigenous people in contemporary times
Bringing awareness to the local native population