Tribal Citizens Ancestral villages of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

The mission period ended with a thriving political and social network of lineage relations similar in many ways to the precontact regional ties, marriages, and alliances, but enhanced by new electoral political forms in the political-bureaucratic mission organization, as well as new social relations of godparenting, and the closer social contact of the mission estate and collective work activity.

The name for the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians indicates that the Band government includes only a portion of the descendants of the San Fernando Mission Indians. This form of regional decentralized political organization reflects the social and political patterns extending back to the pre-mission period.  These main lineages contain ancestors from Chumash, Serrano, Tataviam, and Shivavitam (people of Los Angeles basin) cultural and linguistically mixed community.

This map of Villages (rancherias) and places are of all registered Fernandeño Tataviam families. Click on icons to expand for more information.