PART ONE: Early Life along the Coast

Behrens, June
January 1996
Missions of the Central Coast;1996, p16
The early settlers of the coastal region of California were Chumash Indians. For thousands of years, they and their ancestors called it their land home. Large Chumash villages covered the sunlit shore and inland areas. Across the Pacific Ocean, against the blue horizon, stood a chain of offshore islands where many other Chumash lived. The land provided for their needs. The ocean brought forth fish, sea mammals, and seaweed. A variety of native plants, also gathered by the women, were a source of medicine as well as food. The people and the land were in harmony. INSET: A Chumash Story.


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