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Restoring the Ancient Tongva Village of Kuruvungna in West Los Angeles

Bob Ramirez (Tongva) shares about the restoration of Kuruvungna Springs and cultivating community.

About this Event

(The date of this event has changed from Feb 3rd – 5pm to March 31st – 6pm.)

Welcome to the UCLA Mathias Botanical Garden’s 2021-2022 public lecture series, Transplanted: Examining Contexts of Plants, People, & Place.

In modern day Los Angeles, there are few remaining places where people can put their hands in the earth and connect with the land and plants that sustain us. The ancient Gabrielino/Tongva village site of Kuruvungna in West L.A. thrived alongside freshwater springs that emerge along the Santa Monica fault line. Today, two acres of land there have been preserved and provide a unique space to honor the sanctity of the site and to share Gabrielino/Tongva culture in a dignified way. Younger generations are coming to learn about traditional practices, gardening, and build community. Bob Ramirez (Tongva), President of the Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation, will detail the ecological restoration to preserve and protect the Kuruvungna Village Springs site, as well as share plans for the future.

A native Californian, Bob Ramirez is both Architectural Designer and Construction Director of Ramirez Design Studio. His passion for the art of building and a love of adventure inspired him to explore the world in search of cultural enrichment. What began as a short trip grew into a multi-year exploration of indigenous cultures that were adapting to the modern world. His drafting skills and craftsmanship enabled him to work along the way and learn as an insider.

COVID-19 Information

Our space is well ventilated and the glass walls of the La Kretz Garden Pavilion will be open to further increase air circulation. Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that all attendees to wear a mask during this event and bring proof of vaccination or a negative result with them. We are planning to record this event as well to make it available virtually after the event—details to follow.

RSVP / Tickets

This event is free, but seating is limited—RSVP required to reserve a seat.

RSVP at: https://stayhappening.com/e/restoring-the-ancient-tongva-village-of-kuruvungna-in-west-los-angeles-E3LUSQUSRSPR

Plan Your Visit & Parking

Check our website for more information on planning your visit and parking. The Botanical Garden closes at 5pm, so come early to walk around and explore!


Mar 31 2022


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


LA Kretz Garden Pavillon


American Indian Studies Center