Personal Kuuy Nahwá’a

Kuuy nahwá’a is a Tongva peoples concept that means guest exchange. It’s a voluntary recurring contribution to support the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy acknowledging both relationships and reciprocity to the lands and Native Peoples of Tovaangar, this place many of us now call home.

Solidarity Begins Here

Photo of Oak tree seedling
Credit: L. Frank Manriquez

Kuuy nahwá’a directly supports Tongva-led land return, housing Tribal members, community-building, ceremony, archiving, and rematriating land.

Fill out the form below to calculate your recommended Kuuy Nahwá’a.
Please copy your recommended number and click here to give. Recurring contributions can be changed and all contributions are tax deductible.

Calculate your Kuuy Nahwá’a

Do you rent or own property on Tongva land?

If you would like to make an institutional kuuyam nahwá’a, please click here.

Many people want to do something to help but don’t know how. Kuuy Nahwá’a opens the door to understanding and participating in course correction to historic wrongs that have happened here. Your Kuuy Nahwá’a bridges the divide and we become community. 

The Land You Live

Traditionally, when people travel and move into a new territory they first seek permission from both the land and traditional stewards. This “permission” invites relationship. A guest gives an offering in recognition and in reciprocity of this relationship. This exchange continues today with the Native Peoples of these lands we call Tovaangar. Since the beginning of time, the Tongva Peoples have inhabited these lands which you now call home. There has been a long break in our cultural lives due to centuries of decimation and nearly successful genocide. Our people have survived but now face invisibility and erasure. We are reviving our languages, cultures, and ceremonies in order to care for the land, air, water, and each other. This is a land of beauty, inspiration, and dreams. 

If you would like to give but you are struggling financially, please don’t give money. There are many other ways to be a good guest. Respect Mother Earth, learn about the original people of the land, build a loving relationship with Native plants and people of Tovaangar, and invite others to support. 

Black and White photo of Tongva community members and ancestors
Credit: L. Frank Mariquez

The Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, EIN 87-1422866. All donations are tax deductible.

We request that large donations ($1,000+) be made via wire transfer or check, as the online platform takes a percentage of donations. Contact for instructions. 

If you’d like to send a check, please mail to: Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy Address: PO Box 608 Claremont, CA 91711.