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Cultural Setting

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254411.003.0003
Cultural Setting

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This chapter examines the cultural setting of the Chumash, and summarizes the evidence used to reconstruct Chumash society over the years, namely the early documents. It then looks at the archaeological research that has been conducted on the mainland, which is further split into three main eras. Finally, the chapter addresses the debate on the emergence of the sociopolitical complexity and the social sphere of the Chumash, including their economic system, their chiefs, and the social roles present in Chumash society.

Keywords: cultural setting; early documents; archaeological research; sociopolitical complexity; social sphere; economic system; chiefs; social roles; Chumash society

Chapter.  10333 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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