Representative of “the ultimate strength, the woman fighter, the mother who protects her children from harm,” the legacy of civil rights leader Toypurina (Tongva, 1760-1799) lives on the main wall of Ramona Gardens in East Los Angeles as a 60-by-20 foot mural along Anza National Historic Trail. Photo by NTorres/National Park Service
Tribal Stories Along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
While much has been written about European expansion into Western North America, far less has been chronicled about the Native American communities that continuously inhabited California and Arizona long before the route became known as the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
The journey, which commenced October 1775, saw some 240 settlers from Mexico forge a westward/northerly route, which in the United States stretches from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California.
NPS Partnership with AIANTA
In a one-of-a-kind partnership with the National Park Service, AIANTA is chronicling the stories of the tribes located on or near the Anza Trail.
The three-year partnership will result in educational webinars for tribes, a print/online guidebook reflecting past and present-day tribal attractions at key spots along the trail, and a first-of-its kind map, that will translate key locations along the trail back in the original native languages.
Anza Webinar Series
Native Americans have strong ties to their ancestral lands and have their own names for important places and landmarks, names which were then ignored or erased by colonizers. Today, many tribes are reclaiming their original Indigenous place names and returning them to the maps. These maps can be a strong tool for tribal planners, aiding in the preservation and protection of cultural history, events, heritage and legacies.
During this webinar, Andrew Galvan, Curator of Old Mission Dolores will detail how he reconciled the history of the area tribes with the story previously being told by the California Missions.
Learn more about all aspects of tour operations, from itinerary planning to to working with international wholesalers.
Learn from Native chefs, Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone), and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone), who co-own the mak-‘amham/Café Ohlone in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay area.
AIANTA welcomes celebrated architect Johnpaul Jones (Oklahoma Choctaw/Cherokee), who discusses his approach to Native American planning and design centered around the Four Worlds.
The webinar introduces the partnership-based project between the Anza National Historic Trail and AIANTA which tells the stories of tribes along the trail.
Preliminary Outreach Calls
Outreach to the 70+ Arizona and California tribes located within 100 miles of the trail has already begun. Tribes that fall within the 100-mile radius are encouraged to sign up for outreach conference calls with AIANTA, which allow AIANTA to explain the project in more detail and also give tribes the opportunity to share their cultural offerings with the AIANTA team.
Additionally, AIANTA has secured the services of travel writer Steve Larese, who will be reaching out to tribes individually to schedule in-person visits. During his visits, he will meet with tribal historians, cultural center and tourism representatives, and other stakeholders interested in promoting their cultural tourism offerings.
Historic Place Names
AIANTA is also working with celebrated cartographer Dr. Margaret Pearce (Potawatomi), who will be creating a new map that chronicles locations along the map in their original native languages.
Later in the year, AIANTA team members, led by CEO Sherry L. Rupert will conduct listening sessions at key spots along the trail. All tribal communities near the meeting site will be encouraged to attend these open-forum meetings and share their challenges and hopes for tourism in a post-Covid-19 world. Tribes interested in hosting these meetings and/or donating a meeting space, are encouraged to contact AIANTA with details.
AIANTA Anza Trail Team
Gail Chehak (Klamath)
Tribal Relations & Outreach Manager
AIANTA Travel Writer
Margaret Pearce (Citizen Potawatomi)
Amy Meak (Dine)
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
“¡Vayan Subiendo!”(“Everyone mount up!”) was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, he led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. National Park Service
The Anza Trail Today and Commemorating 250 Years
The years 2025 and 2026 will mark the 250th anniversary of the historic Anza Expedition. Since the establishment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in 1990, public history has changed dramatically. We have broadened our understanding of the people and forces at play during the expedition and included multiple narratives in the story. Join Naomi Torres, Superintendent of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail for an update on trail activities to date and a shared view into the future. View the webinar at www.sbthp.org/lectures.
Anza Trail Interactive Map
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