The Chumash at a Crossroads

Lynn H. Gamble

in The Chumash World at European Contact

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942684 | DOI:
The Chumash at a Crossroads

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This chapter introduces the Chumash, a hunter-gatherer group located in the Santa Barbara Channel region. This society was discovered by Father Juan Crespí in 1769. The chapter takes a look at the author's efforts to reconstruct the lives of the Chumash, starting with the significance of the research on the mainland Chumash, and then presents an overview of the Chumash and the development of Chumash sociopolitical complexity. It also discusses the theoretical considerations involved in the study and presents a brief overview of the following chapters.

Keywords: Chumash; Santa Barbara Channel; hunter-gatherer; Father Juan Crespí; sociopolitical complexity; theoretical considerations

Chapter.  6012 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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