The Tongva Tribe lived
in the Southern California climate, here the climate is mostly
warm. They thought and clothes were not necessary because of
the warm beautiful weather.
The Tongva people preferred
walking barefoot at times, but occasionally wore sandals made
from hide of yucca fiber. The Tonga women usually wore skirts
woven of tule grass, and petticoats made of the inner bark of
willow, sycamre or cottonwood trees, which were cut in strips
and worked to a great softness.
Men usually wore nothing
except a belt that was really a bit of netting or fiber string
from which they could suspend many items such as tools and food.
When they felt chilled, they had small capes made from deer skin,
and sea otter skins which were used to give them warmth. Shamans
wore feathered net skirts which were special and used for ceremonies.
The women used red ochre
to prevent sun surn and to give them a glossy look. It would
also keep them from getting wrinkles and chapped skin.
Men had long hair which
they wore loose, or braided pinned up with a bone hairpins.They
used earrings of cane also. Women wore their hair long and loose.
They had tatoos on their
bodies also. Charcoal, or juice from deadly nightshade was rubbed
into small wounds which had been made with a cactus thorn. This
made permenent tatoos.
They wore necklaces of
beads made with shells, stone and seeds. They used red and black
abalone and from obivella shells. These beads sometimes represented