Mapping Indigenous LA


Mapping Indigenous LA aims to uncover and highlight the multiple layers of indigenous Los Angeles through a storymapping project with youth, community leaders, and elders from indigenous communities throughout the city. The project makes visible the rich Indigenous identities and histories that are often hidden within other racial formations yet deeply embedded in the history of Los Angeles. Not only are indigenous communities often obscured by the complexities of racial labels and multiple migrations, LA's communities are often invisible to each other. Indigenous knowledge about Los Angeles imparts significant understandings of history, place, culture and the environment– in essence rooting our knowledge of Los Angeles in the rich and multiple notions of place created by indigenous peoples, (Mapping Indigenous LA, "About Our Project").

Author Information

The Mapping Indigenous LA team comprises faculty and students from UCLA, as well as researchers, contributors, and consultants from indigenous and non-indigenous communities.