Rancho Los Alamitos’ to Feature Native American Perspective During “Long Beach Reads One Book” Events

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Long Beach Reads One BookIn conjunction with the city-wide celebration of literacy during “Long Beach Reads One Book,” Rancho Los Alamitos will host a number of free, family-oriented events. The focus of the events will be the perspective of the Native American people who populated villages in and around the Los Angeles basin during the time period explored in Isabel Allende’s fictional story of Zorro. Presenters will help participants understand the native people’s traditions and history as well as their present day experience. All of the programs are appropriate and engaging for children and adults.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. and again at 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to attend “Favorite Tales of the Acjachemem People” in the intimate setting of the Rancho’s Secret Garden. Adelia Sandoval, Cultural Director of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemem Nation and noted spiritual leader and story teller, will delight all ages with tales of the native Acjachemem people who lived in the area around Mission San Juan Capistrano. Two duplicate sessions, each limited to 25 attendees. Children and adults are welcome. Reservations required. For information and reservations, please call (562) 431-3541.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
“A Native American Woman’s Perspective on Zorro” – Adelia Sandoval of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemem Nation will discuss the novel Zorro from two views: first, as a descendant of the Mission Indians who lived on that land pre-Spanish conquest and second, her view as a modern female spiritual leader of her tribe. Sandoval will also share her views of the main characters in the novel. Her unique views into the Tongva world of Toypurina, Bernardo and Diego are insightful and revealing, and are sure to generate a lively discussion with the session participants. Reservations required. Participation limited to 25 attendees. For information and reservations, please call (562) 431-3541.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Native American Arts: The Art of Basket Making and Native Cuisine – Abe Sanchez, a prominent weaver of Southern California Native American basketry, will demonstrate the ancient art of basket weaving and display hand-crafted native basketry. He will also discuss and demonstrate food preparation in the style of the Tongva, the native people of the Long Beach area and the Los Angeles Basin. Attendee reservations are required, space is limited. Suggested donation of $10 to cover food sampling and materials. For information and reservations, please call (562) 431-3541. A box lunch can be purchased for $10 by advance reservation.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
The Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe at the Time of the Ranchos: A Native American Perspective – Craig Torres, educator and descendant of the Native American Tongva tribe and Native American Advisor at Rancho Los Alamitos, will describe the culture and lifestyle of the Gabrielino-Tongva people in the early 1800s in the areas in and around Rancho Los Alamitos. Their thriving villages in the Los Angeles Basin will be explored through maps, historic photos, artifacts, and personal histories. Reservations required, space is limited. Visitors may reserve a box lunch for $10. For information and reservations, please call (562) 431-3541.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 1:00 – 5:00 p.m
Book Week theme for ranch house and garden tours -“Rancho Los Alamitos: A Place for All Time from Native American to Adobe Shelter to Today.” No reservation required.

For information or reservations for any of the events in March, please call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541.

About Rancho Los Alamitos
Rancho Los Alamitos (RLA) is a place for all time: listed on the National Register of Historic Places twice—as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna and also for its adobe core ranch house c.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens and historic barnyard dating from the early-mid 20th century. In June 2012, RLA will open a new Rancho Center including a permanent exhibition, related program facilities, and its restored historic Barns Area—an experience that will connect 21st century audiences with the powerful story of California, its landscape and its inhabitants throughout time.

The site itself reflects the ongoing blend of regional culture and environment including the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of early 20th century development upon the landscape. Today we look from the past into the future of this unforgettable landscape, a one-of-a-kind place that speaks to all time.
Rancho Los Alamitos is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. with school tours and cultural workshops scheduled for weekday mornings. Enter though Bixby Hill residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde. The site is owned by the City of Long Beach. It is operated through the leadership and vision of Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation as a public/private cooperative venture under the auspices of the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Marine.

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