|In 1785 a Tongva medicine woman leads a revolt against Spanish missionaries who forbid Native practices [language, pre-colonial freedom]. Her name is Toypurina (WQ).|
Goodreads; Ernest P. Salas Teutimes, Andrew Salas, Christina Swindall Martinez, Gary Stickel
|Indigenous resistance leader, Toypurina|
This is because she is the only Native American woman to have led a revolt against foreign conquering powers.
Her story is remarkably like Joan of Arc; although both women met tragic ends, their remarkable accomplishments make them timeless and inspiring heroines.
Unfortunately, Toypurina's life story has been misrepresented in the historical writings to date.
Now for the first time, the Kizh/Gabrielino people present her factual story as well as her astounding legacy.
7:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 (Central Pasadena Library) Donald Wright Auditorium
|Toypurina, rebel leader, Los Angeles|
|Toypurina Kizh/Tongva: "Be Brave and Fight [the rapists]" (modern L.A. area mural)|
|Native American tribal lands of SoCal|
|Toypurina: The Joan of Arc of California|
She was considered a great communicator, trading with dozens of villages in the many indigenous languages of pre-colonial California used from nearby Santa Catalina Island, visible from Santa Monica Beach (and the much farther out isle now known as San Nicolas or the Island of the Blue Dolphins, where lived the amazing Tongva woman "Karana," Christened "Juana Maria" by the Catholic missionaries in Santa Barbara who contributed to her death), through the eastern foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains to the northwestern San Fernando Valley.
- Presented by authors Dr. Gary Stickel and Dr. Christina Swindall Martinez. Q&A to follow. Books available for sale and signing. 7:00-8:00 pm.
- MAP: 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, 91101 (626) 744-4066
Jonathan Salisbury (description edited by Wisdom Quarterly)