The Chumash people are the "Island People." Traditionally they harvest the land, fish the estuaries and the bountiful Channel. Historically, and recently again, they have traversed between the four island archipelago and the mainland. All living things, the trees, shrubs, vines, perennial and annual herbs, grasses and forbs are embroidered into their practical and spiritual worlds.
Chumash Point is an Ethnobotanical Preserve dedicated
on Earth Day, 1993. Under the 15 feet of imported capsoil from the West Campus
are the sacred burial sites of Chumash Native Americans. Chumash Point is
a collection of plants native to locally specific areas of California's
south central coast that are culturally important to the Chumash. Plant materials indigenous
to the four most northern Channel islands, San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and the Anacapas, are also present, representing the ancestral territory of the
Barbareno and Canalino Chumash communities. Native oak woodland plants and grassland plantings are planted on the mesa portion of Chumash Point.
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