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Chumash Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Chumash language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Chumash tribe and their society. Please note that Chumashes and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Chumash history is interesting and important, but the Chumash Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the life and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Our Chumash Websites

Chumash Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Chumash Indian language.
Chumash Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Chumash culture.
Chumash Legends:
    Collection of Chumash Indian legends and folktales.

Chumash Tribal and Community Websites

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians:
    Official homepage of this Southern California tribe.
Chumash Indian Museum and Interpretive Center:
    Homepage of the Chumash museum.
Chumash Casino Resort:
    Homepage of the Santa Ynez tribal casino and hotel.
The Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation:
    Website of a federally unrecognized Chumash community of Santa Barbara.

Maps of Chumash Lands

California Indian Tribal Groups:
    Map showing the original territories of the Chumash and other California Indians.

Chumash Lifestyle and Tradition

Chumash Indians:
    Overview of Chumash culture, history and daily life.
Chumash Legends:
    Collection of Chumash Indian legends and folktales.
Chumash Religion:
    Essay on traditional Chumash cosmology and rituals.
Chumash Deer Stew * Acorn Pancake Recipe * Islay Bread * Pine Needle Tea:
    Traditional Chumash recipes.

Chumash Literature and Art

Chumash Writers:
    Profiles of five Chumash Indian authors and storytellers.
Deborah Miranda:
    Information about this poet of Esselen and Chumash ancestry.
Chumash Authors:
    Chumash writers, their lives and work.
Linda Aguilar, Chumash * Beautiful Eagle Baskets * Chumash Woman Finds her Niche:
    Articles on Chumash basket weaver Linda Aguilar, with pictures of her work.
Rock Painting Of The Chumash:
    Pictures of ancient petroglyphs and cave paintings of the Chumash tribe.
Powwow Photo Galleries * Chumash Museum Powwow * Chumash Pow Wow * Chumash Pow-wow Dancing:
    Photos and a dance video from recent Chumash pow-wows.
Native American Art:
    Information, photographs and links about Chumash and other native art.

Chumash History

History of the Chumash People:
    Chumash tribal history from the Santa Ynez Chumash band.
Chumash Cultural History:
    Article on Chumash history from a California Indian cultural organization.
Juana Maria:
    Story of a Chumash woman from San Nicholas Island.
Four Directions Institute: Chumash Tribe:
    Profile and historical timeline of the Chumash Indians of California. Also with links.

Books for sale on the Chumashs
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When the Animals Were People: Stories Told by the Chumash Indians of California:
    Book of Chumash legends and stories for sale online.
Chumash, a Picture of Their World:
    Book on Chumash culture and history.
The Chumash Indians: Seafarers of the Pacific Coast * The Chumash Indians:
    Books for kids about the Chumash tribe.
Native American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Chumashes and American Indians in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Wikipedia: Chumash: * Chumash Tribe:
   Encylcopedia articles about the Chumash Indians.
   Los Chumash * Historia y lengua Chumashan:
   Information about the Chumash tribe in Spanish.
   Chumash Nation:
   Chumash links.

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