The Tongva had a vocabulary of about 3,500
everyday words. It is believed
their language was a branch of the Shoshonean language group.
There were perhaps as many as 5000 different dialects.
Even though they were isolated from the
tribes to the east by the mountains and deserts, these Native
American peoples were not isolated from each other, and they
traded goods and knowledge up and down the coast.
When many outside people came to settle
in the area, the Tongva's way of life was destroyed.Their culture
was gone by the early 1800's.