Monday, January 17, 2011

Learn about the Chumash!

Recently Mrs. Ranney spent a beautiful Saturday morning 

on the western edge of the Santa Monica Mountains 
National Recreation Area.

Within the park is the Satwiwa 
Native American 
Indian Cutural Center which includes some interesting exhibits about the Chumash Indians.

Since we are about to begin reading Badger Claws of Ojai, the story of a Chumash Indian boy, she thought the class would enjoy some photographs and information.

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center on PhotoPeach


What fact did you find the most interesting?

What other facts do you know about the Chumash tribe?


  1. @ Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved the interesting pictures of the Chumash Indian center! It was very strange that you saw our local tribe of Indians. I also taught that it was interesting that you saw some aps that were built many years ago! I have always wanted to see pictures of some Indian artifacts. Mrs. Yollis' class have been reading Badger Claws of Ojai, and it is a wonderful book and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have.

    I would once again like to compliment you on your expert shots of the mountains, as well as the park.

    I also went on a hike in the Vincity Mountains. I went with my cousin and his dad.


  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I actually went to a Chumash village. I was surprised that it took a long time to make an ap. When I was there, I got to walk around somewhere not far from the middle of the mountain.


  3. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I loved learning about the Chumash because there are interesting buildings and they have interesting culture.

    Kristen (in Mrs.Yollis'class)

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Wow! I wish I was in Satwiwa with you!

    The fact I thought was most interesting is that the Satwiwa could use flowers as soap! When I saw that part of the slideshow I exclaimed, "How do they do that!"

    Another fact I know about the Chumash tribe is that the Chumash made large canoes called tomols.I found out that fact on World Book Web!

    Your Student,

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I LOVED the video!

    One thing that I liked was the beautiful pictures of the Chumash Indian center!

    I really liked learning how they built their houses, and how they said that every plant was useful.

    Another thing that I enjoyed learning about was how they prepared their berries into different foods.

    I really like learning about Chumash Indians, and I can't wait to learn more!


  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I found this fact most interesting:

    In the park is the Satwiwa Native American Indian Cutural Center which includes some interesting exhibits about the Chumash Indians. I know that the Chumash tribe uses the sweat house to pray. The men are the only people that are allowed to go in the sweat house. The men hunt to provide food for their family. The Chumash live in California. The Chumash live about one hour away from us.

    I hope to visit them one day.

    All the best,

  7. The Chumash Indians were the first inhabitants of Malibu, and the surrounding area. We have many streets with names related to these Indians.
    Temescal ( their cermonial hut) Canyon is just one.
    We think they went by horseback to the La Brea tarpits to retrieve tar to help them in strengthening the reed huts that they lived in.
    They also had a stone that helped them to start fire and they traded that stone with other Indian tribes who lived on the outer Channel Islands. The other Indians traded shells. That was their money in those days.
    Come if you can to the Adamson house in Malibu we have a museum and we have artifacts from the Chumash Indians. UCLA did an archeological dig on the Adamson house property and found some great artifacts.
    Aidan's Grammy gives tours their on Thursdays.

  8. Hello Mrs Ranney & children of your class,
    It has been long since I went into your blog. I found it interesting to read how the Indians used plants & flowers for their everyday use just like other nations all over the world. I am looking forward to reading more about the Chumash Indians and learning more about them.

    Tael, Ariel's granny

  9. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I just came back from the Satwiwa Native American Indian Cutural Center at the national park!

    We went on a really long trail called the Satwiwa Loop, and on the way, we saw the cultural center, the demonstration village, and the garden. Everything looked exactly as you described it on the post! It was so much fun to see it in person.

    My favorite part was sitting in the ap and looking up at the sky. I also enjoyed the hike to the old windmill. We stopped on the way and enjoyed the nature around us. All we could hear was the sound of the wind and the bustle of the leaves. It was peaceful and relaxing. Finally, I enjoyed learning about the different plants and how they were used by the Chumash.

    The walk was a bit tough, because it was tiring, but the Uganda walk prepared me for the challenge.

    If you allow, I can bring some pictures I took to share with the class sometime this week.

    Your exhausted but excited student,

  10. @Ella

    I think that it is superb that you visited the Satwiwa park!

    I have a question:

    Did you see any raccoons there?

    I thought that you might be exhausted because you walked a lot!

    I am glad that you had a great time, and I can't wait to learn more about what you did at the park!


  11. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I know a lot about Chumash tribes. I know what they like to wear,eat,and how they build their houses. My grandma knows a lot about Chumash tribes. Maybe she would like to come to our class.It would be awesome if she would come to our class.

    Sincerely, Raelynn


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