Universal Studios Was Built on an Indigenous Village Site



Did you know that universal studios was built on an indigenous village site. The Hollywood sign somewhere around here over the hill. Pickup up there and then the Hollywood sign is somewhere on this back side of it. Were walking around the entrance to Universal Studios. My name is Timothy are. I'm a citizen of the Abandon Mission Indians. I'm a video and I worked for my trip. I am born and raised here in San Fernando Manda Valley which is the North End of Los Angeles. If you look at how high we are. That's why I get so loss. You can't see anything on top of the hill. Not really a walking walking city not too many hills think we go this way right in front of universal versus studios that theme park over here in Hollywood in. There's like literally a red carpet that leads guests right up to the entrance to the park when you think about about locations theme parks like Disneyland. Six flags and Universal Studios Lot of people don't know that traditional uses of the land when you look at the theme park park place a fantasy too. You have hogwarts in you have the jaws ride and their places that are surreal. The reality is if you look at the history of this place. Is this this. These are traditional homelands of indigenous folk. They're located here and still located here in Los Angeles County. Universal Studios does lay on on a traditional village. Sigh of coins and my family is located. And we we come from Encino. which is you can see right down from from the hill so these lands used to be ours? If you wanted to say it straight just come here and enjoy it but it had to be taken away. Ah I to be enjoyed. But yeah like if you look at it. Anywhere in Los Angeles County and specially my tribes were located kinda regionally. Here we have village sites are here and you see a lot of the land has been disturbed. It's not what it used to be so you could take to consideration digging in the ground breaking that had to take place for these things things to happen so there is a backside to seeing places that people get to have fun and even as a kid growing up you know it was always right here so it is cheaper within Disneyland and it was So it was pretty easy for my family to come up here and take us. I used to have find us at escape. It takes a lot to rethink. I think that in how can you save yourself and feeling bitter towards that and I think that's where I'm at personally when I look at these places now it's hard to enjoy them. mm-hmm everything about La is about Hollywood. Hollywood life you know I went to school in Hollywood too so like I was part of that. Like oh there's the industry here so you know there's TVs get made here. All of that is here and then you know when you start talking to people you know. I work in the industry with always asked him. Where'd you come from and it's never ever? La It makes me feel so unique to say from here. I would like people to think of when I come away is who is here I and and who is still here now. You know there is a lot of significance just knowing that and what's the story of the city and there's apps now even and do that say whose land you're on Look that up. I want people to come here with a historical curiosity that so paved so developed. Unfortunately we're not OUGHTA try. The has a cultural centre. We just want them to come. Maybe visit us or maybe call us her or look us up a lye anything do anything before you come here to just be curious you know having a place. Universal Studios acknowledged the original people's here. I think we'll be a great step because there are a lot of tourists here right. You know whose home you're going into so when you drive around you don't even think twice about these certain places like street names. You know the names Cohen A- But they're from indigenous. Names there from native names you know so and growing up here in La you know myself was kind of a stereotype going through middle school. You tell people because everyone ask what are you doing. I'd say I'm this this young American and you just get always thrown those. Stereotypes prototypes. TV You know or they do like a racist. You know like a sound any stereotype that you got from growing up watching cartoons like Peter Pan or watching. TV shows where all the Indians die so middle school. I ended up not saying I was native American more because because it was so embarrassing when you hit seventh grade. There's a little paragraph about the people here and you get a little map and I remember seeing that map and feeling so proud. Tov Him was on it was it. You know I told my mom about the map. And then she told my grandfather who was chief for the at the time and he came to the school with my uncle talked about us as people talked about his presently people. What are we doing is people? I felt like that was such a power move like we're not Su- paragraph in a history book where people here and we're here to talk to you. This industry working in is hard in a lot of ways because of the share types that propelled you see. These native writers indigenous writers. Come in. They're changing that right. They're coming in and saying like rocking. Just tell that story you know like that. Historically that's wrong and that hurts us we're gonNA tell this story from Orlands in with our voice so being now in this industry feels very a powerful and it feels very very important that was to top VM. videographer Timothy or analysis. This is unreserved on. CBC Radio One Sirius Xm one sixty nine and native voice one. I Roseanne dear child today. We're talking all about decolonizing. Hollywood God and recognizing the indigenous lands that La is built upon still ahead. California actually has always been the home of indigenous people Historically pre contact pre European time. It actually was the home to more tribes and more indigenous vision of people than all of the United States put

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