The Language of the Tongva

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.

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