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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Contributions in Anthropology Series


The Chumash and Their Predecessors: An Annotated Bibliography
Compiled by Marie S. Holmes and John R. Johnson

The Chumash Indians are a diverse group of people linked by a family of languages who have inhabited the Santa Barbara Channel region for many millennia. Since the time of European contact a vast assortment of literature has been dedicated to the topic of the Chumash and their culture.

This bibliography provides a comprehensive guide for researchers, educators, and Native Americans, as well as other individuals interested in learning more about the original peoples who inhabited the Santa Barbara Channel region, with annotated entries for over 1200 relevant publications. It is divided into sections dedicated to the four traditional fields of anthropology (ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology), and includes chapters on rock art, accounts of early European contact, resources for education and juvenile audiences, and scholarly reviews of previously published works.

 

Xonxon'ata in the Tall Oaks: Archaeology and Ethnohistory of a Chumash Village
in the Santa Ynez Valley

By William R. Hildebrandt

The village of Xonxon'ata has long been referred to in ethnographic and historic mission records as an important site for the Chumash Indians. For many decades the location of this village remained a mystery, with accounts of the location varying from mentions of Zaca Station and La Rancheria to simple descriptions encompassed in the place name, "in the tall oaks." A breakthrough seemingly came when a proposal was made to build a new interchange at the northern junction of Highways 101 and 154. In preparation for this new construction archaeological investigations were carried out and revealed the presence of an extensive habitation site. This volume seeks to provide evidence linking the ethnohistoric accounts of the village of Xonxon'ata with the habitation site at SBA-3404 through analysis of the archaeological assemblage recovered during excavation.

 

 

The Punta Arena Site: Early and Middle Holocene Cultural Development
on Santa Cruz Island

By Michael A. Glassow, Jennifer E. Perry, and Peter F. Paige

The Punta Arena site is a red abalone midden located on the southeastern coast of Santa Cruz Island. This site is of particular interest to researchers within the context of the Red Abalone Midden Project (RAMP) due to high levels of stratigraphic preservation, thickness of the red abalone midden layer, and the presence of a great variety of other taxa within the midden. The main goal of the RAMP is to examine how the occurrence of red abalone middens can help in the overall understanding of past environmental and cultural changes on the northern Santa Barbara Channel Islands. This volume seeks to utilize the unique size and preservation level of the Punta Arena site to observe cultural and environmental change within the red abalone interval, as well as to potentially evaluate changes in subsistence patterns on the northern Channel Islands through analysis of the archaeological assemblage from this site.

 

 

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