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