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06-Kuruvungna Sacred Springs

Kuruvungna & The Tongva Sacred Springs

Saturday | April 13 | 10 AM–5 PM

Landmark & Sacred Site
Design & Care: The Gabrielino~Tongva Springs Foundation; President, Bob Ramirez
Garden Size: 2 acres
Started: Recent archaeological evidence suggests that the area surrounding the natural springs have been occupied for over 8,000 years. The most recent planting took place in 2023.

About the Garden

The Tongva Sacred Springs, located on the current grounds of University High School in West LA, is a State Historical Landmark and a Registered Sacred Site of the Native American Heritage Commission. The school grounds and much of the surrounding condos and buildings are built on the site of Kuruvungna, a significant village of the Tongva, the original people of Los Angeles. Once used for agricultural classes, the site was abandoned thirty years ago. The Gabrielino~Tongva Springs Foundation was created in order to protect, preserve, restore, and revitalize Kuruvungna and inform the public about the Tongva, the original people of Los Angeles.

Notable Plants

Sacred Datura

Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii)
Fremont Cottonwood (Populus fremontii)
Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)
Willow (Salix spp.)
White Sage (Salvia apiana)