Children's Literature - Barbara YoungbloodThis is one of the "We The People" books about American history. Four others are about Indian tribes. The Chumash are a tribe of people on the California coast near present day Santa Barbara. The book details daily life, religious customs, and the history of their involvement with the white man. The Chumash were mistreated and had their lands gradually taken from them by Spanish and then American settlers. By 1880 there were only about 300 tribal members left. Finally, a reservation was set aside for them near the Santa Ynez Mission. Two elderly members of the tribe help to preserve their history with John Harrington, an anthropologist who studied the tribe. Today they actively work together to preserve their history and to keep their traditions alive. Their long history of respect for the earth and its creatures is central to their beliefs. The book contains a glossary, a time line, a bibliography, an index, and a list of places to visit.
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