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Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California
By Jan Timbrook

From islands off the shore of Santa Barbara to the chaparral-covered mountains of the dry inland regions, the land of the Chumash is a storehouse of plants, an area of great biological richness and variety. Living intimately within this land for more than nine thousand years, the Chumash developed an intense and sophisticated relationship with the plants around them. They collected and processed nuts, seeds, berries, roots, leaves, twigs, shoots, and wood from which they created practically everything they needed to live, from medicines to weapons to decorative items. Covering both historic and contemporary use of plants, this book - the result of three decades of research in archives and among native people - celebrates more than just the variety of plants; it celebrates the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the people who have always known them best.

 

Treasures from Native California: The Legacy of Russian Exploration
By Travis Hudson and Craig Bates, Edited by Thomas Blackburn

The brief Russian presence in California yielded some of the earliest ethnography of Native Californians and some of the best collections of their material culture. Unstudied by western scholars because of their being housed in Russian museums, they are presented here for the first time in an English language volume. Descriptions of early nineteenth-century travelers such as von Wrangel and Voznesenskii are followed by a catalog of objects ranging from hunting weapons to household objects to ritual dress to musical instruments, games, and gift objects. This catalog of objects includes over 150 images, many in full color. An essential volume for those interested in the ethnology, archaeology, art, and cultures of Native Californians.

 

 

California's Chumash Indians
By Lynne McCall and Rosalind Perry

The Chumash people have lived for centuries along the California coast between Malibu and San Luis Obispo. They were on hand to greet Cabrillo in 1542 and Gaspar de Portola in 1769. They coexisted with the Spanish communities of the Southern California Missions and there are still about three thousand people of Chumash ancestry living in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Here, for the layman and the tourist, is a concise, entertaining, and informative view of a noble and important people: their history, their way of life, their arts, their beliefs and legends.

 

 

 

The Chumash People: Materials for Teachers and Students
By the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Docents

Illustrated and user-friendly, this book includes detailed information about the Chumash people in historic and modern times. Numerous hands-on student activities and listings of recommended books and field trip sites make this a comprehensive and invaluable resource for teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

Chumash Indian Games
By Travis Hudson and Jan Timbrook

A fun, simple guide to Chumash games for all ages! Explains how to create and play each game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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