Wild Foods of the Gabrielino


Came across this years ago, surprised to find it still online. Would be equally appropriate in the Fauna section as well.

There is another story of an earlier day in the Pasadena area, before the parade floats, before the immigrants came and claimed the land.

Well before the Declaration of Independence was signed far to the east, the area that is now known as Pasadena, and most of Los Angeles County, was occupied by people who later came to be known as the Gabrielino Indians. The term “Gabrielino” came from the San Gabriel Mission, but the Indians themselves had their own local names. Those who lived in what became downtown L.A. were the Yangnas, on the west side were the Tongvas, up in the foothills were the Tujungnas, down by Long Beach were the Puvungnas, and greater Pasadena and the Arroyo Seco was occupied by the Hahamongna.

These people practiced no agriculture in the modern sense, and they domesticated no animals. So how did they survive? They gathered, hunted, and ate these local foods and animals.

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The article is by my friend Christopher Nyerges a partner in our Dirttime.com .
He does a wild food event almost every week end at the Hahamongna park , you can look up his sked on his web site. Does a wild food class in IDing and prepares a salad from the harvest. The location is rich in history of these people, The arroyo seco is an old ground for the local band . The Gabrielino trail goes from the that area to the deserts , you can still find sleeping circles they made a 1000 years ago . the trail is at least 3000 years old and used to go to the ocean.