How Did the Chumash Indians Help Start the Santa Barbara Mission?

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The Early Chumash

  • Before the arrival of the Spanish in California, the Chumash Indians lived along the coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo, as well as in part of the San Joaquin Valley. They were hunters, gatherers, boat builders and fisherfolk who lived in dome-shaped dwellings that could accommodate up to 50 inhabitants each.