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Workshop: Soapstone and the Tongva

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

All Beta Main programs are free.
114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013


Join Tongva Elder Julia Bogany as she teaches where soapstone came from and how it was used as an everyday living essential by the Tongva, the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin.

Bogany begins the afternoon by providing an overview of Tongva culture, sharing rattles, flutes, drums, and herbs. As Bognay recounts the significance and use of soapstone, the workshop concludes with a hands-on project where participants can carve and sand their own square of soapstone.

This workshop is open to all and family friendly and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.



Julia Bogany is a member of the Tongva tribe, is on their Tribal Council, and is their Cultural Consultant. Julia constantly, incessantly, voluntarily teaches, attends meetings, and sits on Boards to help her tribe. She has worked for over thirty years for the American Indian community for her Tongva tribe. She has provided cultural, FASD, ICWA, training and workshops in Los Angeles San Bernardino, and Riverside areas. She has also provided workshops in Sacramento for the California Rural Indian Health Board Woman's conferences.

Mrs. Bogany teaches Tongva language and cultural classes.  She attended many language workshops around the country to learn, strengthen, and enhance her tribe's language. She has years of training in Child Development, Indian Child Welfare (ICWA), and Native American Studies. Mrs. Bogany consults with and trains teachers/school boards on how to revise their curriculum to reflect the correct history of California and California tribes.  President of Kuruvanga Springs, Representative for California tribes on Route 66.  Pitzer College Elder in residents, works in class teaching Culture History, also at Scrips, Pomona, Harvey Mudd, and School of Theology Claremont.

Bogany is an advocate for the revitalization of the Tongva language. She helped assemble a Tongva dictionary and is an editor of Now You’re Speaking Our Language, a Tongva phrasebook of words and sentences.