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A Chumash Perspective - Tomol Crossing


The waters surrounding the Channel Islands provide present day man with a window into past cultures. Located at the islands are the remains of perhaps the earliest island inhabitants, dating back 13,000 years BP. Historically the islands were a special place to the Native Americans known as the Chumash who traveled to the islands in plank canoes called tomols.
“As with other coastal indigenous nations, Chumash people are restoring our heritage of intimacy with the sea for the dual purpose of protecting her and as a means of rediscovering our dignity and identity as a people sprung from this place.”

Roberta R. Cordero Member and co-founder of the Chumash Maritime Association

 

Full Circle- Chumash Cross Channel in Tomol to Santa Cruz Island
By Roberta R. Cordero Member and co-founder of the Chumash Maritime Association

ISLAND HOMELAND: THE VILLAGE OF SWAXIL 2004
By Georgiana Valoyce Sanchez, Elder (Barbareno Chumash Council), CSU Long Beach lecturer

"Our Ancestors' Gift Across Time: A Story of Indigenous Maritime Culture Resurgence" pdf

 



For more information, contact:
Robert Schwemmer NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building
(805)893-6428
Robert.Schwemmer@noaa.gov

 

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