Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chumash Adventures with Badger Claws!

Mrs. Ranney's Class has been reading Badger Claws of Ojai, the story of 
a Chumash Indian boy.

In the story, Badger Claws encounters a grizzly bear 
named Old Silver Tip!
We learned about the Alaskan relatives of the grizzly, 
the Kodiak bear, from Mr. Yollis!
If you'd like to see more about what we learned,
check out the exciting post on
Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog called
Mr. Yollis Shares About Kodiak Grizzly Bears!

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.

Mrs. Ranney 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?

What have you enjoyed most about the Badger Claws story so far?


  1. Dear Class,

    Satwiwa means "the bluffs." I thought that fact was most interesting. So far my favorite part of the book is when Badger Claws practices shooting his arrows on the trail.


    1. Dear Josh,
      Good for you for finding this new post! I think the meaning of the name Satwiwa is interesting as well. Do you know what bluffs are? I think we should look that up today in class!
      I'm glad you're enjoying the book about Badger Claws. Even though Badger Claws starts out as a very mischievous character, I think his ability to survive is impressive!

      Best regards,
      Mrs. Ranney

  2. Dear Class,

    I enjoyed learning about the Grizzly Bears like "Old Silver Tip". I loved watching the video when he scratched his back on the tree... I shared that video with my family, and they enjoyed it too! I enjoyed learning about the Badger Claw story.

    Best Regards,
    PS- Also the Coyote Video was funny too!

    1. @Michael, you've done a great job learning to use the new comment set-up! I'm glad that you shared the World Book Online video with your parents!
      Mrs. Ranney

  3. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    My favorite parts of Badger Claws are when he makes the fire out of the fire board and stick called a spindle, and when he finds out that the grizzly bears are really raccoons.

    Your student,

    1. @Francesca, I really enjoy all the parts of the book where Badger Claws makes things to help him survive. When he creates the spindle to help him start a fire, it is very exciting! In fact, he was so excited that he blew the fire out!
      Great comment!
      Mrs. Ranney

  4. Dear Class,

    Did you know that evidence that the Chumash had settlements here were partly found in the Channel Islands and on the Santa Monica mountains? One thousand years ago, there were more than 20,000 Chumash living along the California coastline. Chumash Indians believed that if they took more plants than needed, they would soon have their downfall.

    I hope you learned a lot of facts about the Chumash and enjoyed my comment.

    Quynh-Anh ♥

    1. @Quynh-Anh, you've done some great research! What website did you use to find your facts? Have you ever visited any of the Channel Islands? I have not, but I certainly hope to one day!
      Mrs. Ranney

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I discovered that the Chumash enjoyed playing games with other tribes. They played in friendly Shinny Hockey tournaments, and dice games too.

    My favorite part of the story was when Badger Claws hid in the sweat house, and the Shaman caught him.

    See you tomorrow,


    1. @Oliver, I am very interested in the facts that you found! What website did you use? I'd like to hear more about shinny hockey. Can you explain more about it?
      Mrs. Ranney

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I looked up Chumash history and found out that Chumash means "bead maker" or "seashell people", but the Chumash called themselves "the first people." To make the ap frame they used willow branches. 50 people could live in it at the same time! I hope you enjoyed some of the facts I've shared with you.

    Best Wishes,

  7. Dear Class,

    Our favorite part of Badger Claws was when Badger Claws killed Old Silver Tip. After Badger Claws killed Old Silver Tip, we were amazed that he could do it.


    Adam & Dylan

  8. Dear Bella,

    We did not know that at least 50 people can live in one ap at one time. That is so amazing! Did you know that local farming for the Chumash Indians began in 1803? After about 20 years, modern farming began in 1937.

    Hope you enjoyed our facts we shared!


    Hayley and Eve

  9. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Our favorite part of Badger Claws is when Badger Claws rescues Little Silver Tip. We thought it was nice of Badger Claws to have taken care of him. Since the beginning of the year, Badger Claws has been our favorite book.

    Yours Truly,
    Sydney and Maya

  10. Gregory and MichaelJanuary 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney and Class,

    Our favorite part of Badger Claws is when he aimed at Old Silver Tip and killed him. Because he became victorious, he was chosen to be a strong brave.

    Yours Truly,

    Gregory and Michael

  11. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    When Badger Claws saved Little Silver Tip, that was our favorite part. We also liked when Badger Claws killed Old Silver Tip.

    Yours truly,
    Nate and Elijah

  12. Arielle & MelissaJanuary 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    We enjoyed when Badger Claws finds Little Silver Tip.

    We found out that Chumash Indians have learned about six languages. When the Chumash lived in 1770, their population was 22,000.

    Arielle and Melissa


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