The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is dedicated to preserving and enriching our tribal culture by celebrating our shared traditions that have given us identity and meaning with a wisdom that still guides our lives.
To honor the memory of those who have struggled on our behalf for dignity, respect, and prosperity, the Tribe continues its commitment to our current and future generations. As a tribal community, we breathe life into our ancestral ways through the following:
Tataviam Days – re-establishing our traditional fiesta complete with singing, dancing, games and activities for children and elders. This year we will be honoring graduates and fathers.
Monthly Cultural Workshops – Our Cultural Learning Director will be hosting monthly workshops to share our songs and dances with tribal members.
Language – The Cultural Learning Director is currently working with two CSUN students to create Coloring Books for our children and a 3rd Grade Workbook for local area youth.
Concern for the environment the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians became involved with the Tujunga/Pacoima Watershed Project. The Tujunga is the largest sub watershed of the upper Los Angeles River Watershed. The Tribe submitted three project proposals that aim towards the Tujunga Watershed Project goals and objective of environmental education along with the Tribe’s influence. Two of the three proposals were selected as part of the list of Top Projects for the Tujunga/Pacoima Watershed Management Plan.
Tujunga means “Place of the old woman” in Fernandeno Tataviam. The historic village was named Tujunga due to a large boulder that resembled the figure of an old woman.
Rudy Ortega Sr Park
The Tribe has partnered with the City of San Fernando, and Parks & Recreation to advise the Heritage Park site in the City. The City dedicated the park after the passing of Tribal Leader Rudy Ortega Sr. The Rudy Ortega Sr Park features information about the history Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and City of San Fernando. Construction of two traditional Tataviam dwelling is currently being built.
Puhawvit (In the Farming Fields)
North Hollywood High School Tataviam Village
North Hollywood High School constructed a Native American replica village, in the agriculture area. Part of the 2 1/2 acres is used for the village replica; a visual history tool that will show how once the original tribes lived.