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Village Gathering Circle

A central feature of Tongva villages was the yovár, a ceremonial circle surrounded by a willow-stake fence, a place for meeting and ritual. Our circle differs from the traditional yovár in being surrounded by boulders, but it serves the same function: a place to come together.

Around it are plants of the California islands (across a walkway from the Coastal Garden), and other plants important to the Tongva, including súul (deergrass), used for baskets, and mánit (jimson weed) that gave access to the spirit world.


Village Gathering Circle—the entrance is on the far left


Next stop: Hillside Garden