Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Heritage

Section Overviews:

The History section is made up of two separate tabs: “Pre-Mission and “Social and Political” 

The first history tab, entitled “Pre-Mission,” provides a brief introduction to the term “Fernandeño,” as it relates to the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Band). Fernandeño is a post-Mission term that incorporates four pre-Mission Indian groups described below.  The section includes an explanation of the pre-Mission peoples (according to their associated territories), linguistic terms, and the difference between those recruited at Mission San Fernando and Mission San Gabriel. The maps illustrate the evolution of Fernandeño territory, as described by anthropologists in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The second History tab, entitled “Social and Political,” provides a timeline of the Band’s social history and contemporary political development. This sections touches the pre- and post-Mission periods, as well as land dispossession, Nation building, and Cultural Renewal efforts by the Band. 

 “Tribal Captains”  focuses on the patrilineal lineages and the leaders, called Tomiar, Capitan, or Chief. This page lists the Capitan’s name with their associated lineage.

Cultural Revival” explains the Band’s dedication to preserving and enriching tribal culture by celebrating their shared traditions, which have given the Tataviam people an identity, meaning, and wisdom that guides their lives.

Tataviam Villages” gives more insight into the Tataviam tributes that existed. Each village, or band, was self-governing and contained ownership of their own particular territory. Therefore, each village was associated with a lineage.