On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Tribe hosted an informative historical lecture at Andres Pico Adobe!

Ron Van Deest, President of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, and Rudy Ortega Jr., President of the Tribe at Andres Pico Adobe. Photo by Timmy Ryan Ornelas.

Ron Van Deest, President of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, introducing Rudy Ortega Jr., President of the Tribe at Andres Pico Adobe. Photo by Timmy Ryan Ornelas.

It was a packed house at Andres Pico Adobe as supporters and interested community members flooded the courtyard of the Andres Pico Adobe. The adobe, located across the street from Mission San Fernando, provided a historic atmosphere for the informative presentation. The Keynote Speaker was Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President and Spiritual Leader for the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.

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Photo by Timmy Ryan Ornelas

This presentation focused on the distinct and extensive community of the lineages and villages that make up the present-day Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Tribe). It began with the lifeways of the indigenous peoples before they were enslaved at Mission San Fernando, and continued through the Mission and Mexican periods.

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Rudy Ortega Jr. Presents History. Photo by Timmy Ryan Ornelas

The Tribe’s ancestors maintained their lineage communities and continued to hold land through the Mexican period, until forcefully dispossessed in the American period. This presentation ended in the American period, in which we are currently living, and provided details on the tribe’s current affairs and government.

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