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The Chumash World at European Contact

Lynn Gamble

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254411.001.0001
The Chumash World at European Contact

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When Spanish explorers and missionaries came onto Southern California's shores in 1769, they encountered the large towns and villages of the Chumash, a people who at that time were among the most advanced hunter-gatherer societies in the world. The Spanish were entertained and fed at lavish feasts hosted by chiefs who ruled over the settlements and who participated in extensive social and economic networks. In this modern synthesis of data from the Chumash heartland, this book weaves together multiple sources of evidence to re-create the rich tapestry of Chumash society. Drawing from archaeology, historical documents, ethnography, and ecology, it describes daily life in the large mainland towns, focusing on Chumash culture, household organization, politics, economy, warfare, and more.

Keywords: Spanish explorers; Southern California; Chumash; hunter-gatherer societies; Chumash society; Chumash culture; settlements; social networks; economic networks

Book.  376 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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Table of Contents

The Chumash at a Crossroads in The Chumash World at European Contact

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The Environment and Its Management in The Chumash World at European Contact

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Cultural Setting in The Chumash World at European Contact

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Village and Household Organization in The Chumash World at European Contact

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Subsistence and Feasting in The Chumash World at European Contact

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Rank, Ritual, and Power in The Chumash World at European Contact

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Economics and Exchange in The Chumash World at European Contact

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Conflict and Social Integration in The Chumash World at European Contact

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the Chumash, Pomo, and Patwin in The Chumash World at European Contact

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