Launching a Dream: Reviving Tongva Maritime Traditions
June 5–September 18, 2011
Powerful images by photographers Frank Magallanes and Althea Edwards witness the rebirth of ancient maritime traditions of the Southern California coastal and Channel Islands first peoples. Plank-sewn watercraft, the Tongva ti'at and Chumash tomol, once again regularly cut through local ocean waters. This series of photographs offers an intimate view of the construction, launching, and communal celebration of these unique and important vessels. Envisioned by tribal members as key symbols of native identity and cultural resurgence, they literally represent the realization of a dream.