If you asked a person on the street who the original inhabitants of Los Angeles were,
many would say the Spanish, and others the Mexicans. And some might say the film companies! None of these would be correct.
The original peoples of Los Angeles were a culturally rich tribe called the Gabrielino-Tongva, or just the Tongva, which means “People of the Earth.” The name “Gabrielino” was used
because so many Tongva lived …