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Caring for the Honuukvetam Pimuu've: Lessons from the Metropole Project, Avalon, Catalina Island, California

Author(s): Cindi Alvitre ; Desiree Martinez

Year: 2015

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While conducting necessary structural upgrades to the electrical system in the City of Avalon on Catalina Island, Southern California Edison (SCE) came upon Gabrielino (Tongva) ancestral remains. The ancestral remains were considered a possibility since the work was within the boundaries of a known village site (CA-SCAI-29) and the location had produced ancestral remains in the past. Prior to the start of the project, SCE consulted and worked with the Most Likely Descendant (MLD), as identified by the California Native American Heritage Commission, to create a treatment plan for the removal and care of ancestral remains and other items uncovered. Balancing Native American spirituality, respect for the ancestral remains, as well continuing to make forward movement on upgrades under a short time was not easy. From the view of the Gabrielino (Tongva) participants, this paper will discuss that even with a treatment plan in place, each day brought new challenges which required new assessments and directions to be made to ensure that the ancestral remains were honored and their story told.

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Caring for the Honuukvetam Pimuu've: Lessons from the Metropole Project, Avalon, Catalina Island, California. Desiree Martinez, Cindi Alvitre. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396740)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America