PART ONE: Early Life along the Coast

MacMillan, Dianne
January 1996
Missions of the Los Angeles Area;1996, p16
For thousands of years, the present-day Los Angeles, California area was a natural wilderness. Local waterways were filled with salmon, trout and other freshwater fish. The land was also home to Indians, or Native Americans. The Indians of the Los Angeles region belonged to two main groups, now known as the Chumash and the Tongva. Many of the Native Americans carved bowls from the wood of oak trees, made ropes from fibers of the yucca plant and fashioned small knives from flint. INSETS: Untitled;Untitled;Teaching the Children;Untitled


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