“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

El Aliso

Kizh-Gabrieleño Sacred Sycamore Tree


— Sha’var —

El Aliso Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 14, 2021
1. El Aliso Marker
Here once stood the grandest of all sycamore (Sha’var) trees measuring 60 feet high with a canopy spreading 200 feet wide. The tree was given the Spanish name of El Aliso. The original inhabitants of this area, the Kizh (keech) or Gabrieleño were known as the People of the Willow Houses. These indigenous people have occupied this land for over 12,000 years. Their once peaceful life was forever changed by the California Mission era.

Always important in their history was this tree which once served as a site of worship, gathering and prayer for the Kizh. Native leaders would travel from as far away as Yuma, Arizona to unite at this sacred site. This koo-nas-gna, or sacred burial place, is home to many Kizh burials as it once stood at the center of one of the largest Kizh villages, Yangna, now known as Los Angeles.

While El Aliso is long gone, the shade it provided no longer available and the memory of the conversations under its branches long lost, its significance to the Kizh is not forgotten. While its physical presence is gone, the oral history handed down through the generations has kept its beauty and story
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By Craig Baker, July 14, 2021
2. El Aliso Marker
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alive in the Kizh people.

Chief Ernie P. Tautimez-Salas, April 2019.

This plaque is dedicated by the City of Los Angeles to the original native inhabitants of this area, the Kizh, many of whom are still alive today.
Erected 2019 by City of Los Angeles.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list.
Location. 34° 3.176′ N, 118° 13.971′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Commercial Street and Vignes Street, on the left when traveling east on Commercial Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Our Ancestors (approx. ¼ mile away); Honoring The Lives (approx. ¼ mile away); Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Latino Blood, American Hearts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bell of Dolores (approx. 0.4 miles away); Homage to Our Mexican-American Heroes (approx. 0.4 miles away); Father Junipero Serra (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Regarding El Aliso.
El Aliso Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 14, 2021
3. El Aliso Marker
The tree and village were under what is now the center of U.S. 101 about 150 feet north of the marker. The 400-year-old tree was cut down in 1895 to make way for a brewery expansion.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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Nov. 28, 2021