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.

The intent for creating Chumash Point-Ethnobotanical Preserve is to allow students and the public to partake in a re-creation of the landscape that once was solely Chumash. The Point is dedicated to the Chumash of today and tomorrow. They will be using this location to keep their culture alive.

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.


To learn more about the Chumash check out the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum website.

Looking south from the overlook at Chumash Point.

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