Haramokngna sits on Red Box Saddle – the first resting spot on the trek from the sea to the desert. The people came here to gather the bounty of the mountains – the pine trees and pine nuts, the bay laurel, the black oak acorns and to come together to renew family ties, trade songs, stories, gossip, and meet eligible youth from the other side of the mountains. Haramokngna opened in 1998 with a special use permit from the National Forest, in a former fire station. The front building was converted into exhibit space that tells the story of the Five Tribes of the San Gabriel Mountains: Tongva, Chumash, Tataviam, Kitanemuk and the Serrano. These five tribes are explored in their pre-contact relationships with the land and with each other via the trade routes through these mountains.
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center
Mt Wilson Red Box Road
Pasadena, CA 91101
Visit their website for more information (http://wwww.haramokngna.org).