Origins: Spring 2011
Something Tangible by Victoria Velasco
"The Tongva people of the Los Angeles area had several variations of their creation myth. In this particular film adaptation, Chinigchinich made his first appearance at the sacred site of Povuu'ngna, now a part of the Cal State Long Beach campus. Chinigchinich, the creator god, made the first humans out of clay from a nearby river. Among the First People (which were animal beings and not humans), Chinigchinich appointed the chiefs who were given the power to rule over the people he created. He notified the first humans of the rules they were to follow and gave them instructions on how to build a temple in his honor. And, of course, he taught them how to dance. After Chinigchinich died, he ascended into the stars to watch over his people. While cultural beliefs are significant to certain groups of people, others need "something tangible" to understand the importance of such myths. I chose to animate this story because I felt that it portrayed the strong connection to the earth that defined many parts of life for the Tongva."
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