This catalog contains forty-six medicinal plants.
This is only a small sampling of the vast knowledge of medicinal plants used by the
Tongva. Further work is needed in order to gather the bountiful
Tongva traditional knowledge of plant properties and uses.
Each plant is presented here with its Tongva name. However, to
facilitate searching, the catalog list shows the common names in English
and the scientific names in Latin. When more than one common name is
known for a plant, each name appears on the list.
We hope you will enjoy this site!
Barbara Drake, Tongva
A Tongva ceremony in Claremont, California.
A small lake in the mountain landscape of the Tongva
A Tongva house, Santa Fe Springs, California.
Tongva women's dance.
Teaching children about Tongva culture in Santa Fe
A sweat lodge used in healing ceremonies.
A granary used to store dried acorns, a Tongva staple
Interior of a Tongva house.
Learning about Tongva medicinal plants in the Bernard
Field Station, Claremont, California.
Research team in fieldwork. From left
to right: Mark Acuña, Tongva consultant; Prof. Sharon Snowiss, Pitzer College; Barbara Drake, Tongva consultant; Lise Bouchard,
Disclaimer: All material provided here is for educational
purposes only. Consult your own physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or
recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition.