Part 1: The Chumash People of Southern California
From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. – Chumash saying
For thousands of years the Chumash Indians lived in southern California between present day Malibu and Paso Robles. At times, the population of the Chumash reached over 15,000 with over 150 independent villages. Technically, they would be classified as “hunter-gatherer”, but because game and plant-life was plentiful and they had the Pacific Ocean in their back yard, they were sedentary – that is, they didn’t have to move around to find food.
|Chumash rock art
at Painted Cave