Craig is descended from the indigenous communities of the Yaavetam (Los Angeles) and Komiikravetam (Santa Monica Canyon) that existed in the Los Angeles Basin. The descendants are more commonly known today, collectively as the Tongva or Gabrielino Indians of San Gabriel Mission. He is also descended from three of the founding families of Los Angeles pueblo in 1781.
Craig is a member of Traditional Council of Pimu (one of several Tongva communities in the Los Angeles Basin) and involved with Ti’at Society, an organization focused on the revival of the traditional maritime culture of the Southern California coastal region and Southern Channel Islands. In the early 1990s, the community built the first traditional plank canoe, called a ti’at , that had disappeared for many decades.
Craig has been active all of his adult life engaged as a Tongva cultural educator, presenter and consultant to many schools, culture and nature centers, museums as well as city, state and government agencies acting as a consultant on Tongva history, culture and contemporary issues.
He continues to work as a freelance cultural educator and works as an ongoing consultant at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens in Long Beach, working with the Tongva program that he helped develop. The program caters to 3rd and 4th graders and educates and informs the children about the Tongva, and their survival off the land through food, clothing and shelter. He has also been involved with the organization “Sharing Our Heritage” and Chia Café, which provide cooking demos and classes with California native plants. These activities also provide education on the importance of preserving native plants, habitats and landscapes for future generations. He is also an advocate of “indigenizing” public and residential landscapes to California native plants and raising the public’s awareness of drought and water issues.
As an artist, he derives his inspiration from his Tongva cultural heritage. He works in digital media as a graphic designer, mixed media as well as utilized some of his designs as inspiration for community collaborative “sacred art” installations. His artwork continues to evolve and evoke, combining traditional art forms such as painting and drawing with the current technology of digital media with inspiration coming from his life experience as well as his cultural and historical background.