The Tongva are known in 'Mainland Serrano' as a fellow Serrano clan, the Pipimarra'yam.
Mainland Serrano also refer to the Tongva as the Havakam. Havakam can be translated several different ways. In the Pipimarra'yam dialect, Havakam means the 'beautiful people.' In Muhanyam Serrano (a dialect far more inland) it means 'those who are covered.' This latter meaning probably refers to the more ornate clothing of the coastal clans.
We are now conducting linguistic research in Tongva to develop a strong foundation for revitalization efforts in this language.
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