Westward expansion forever changed the lives of North American Indians. Losing their land, and often their lives, forced tribes to forge a new life. Learn how American Indian tribes maintain strong ties to their rich past and culture, while moving forward in modern society. The Chumash thrived along the Pacific coast in California for centuries. But eventually new settlers wanted their land and forced the Chumash into a new way of life. Today the Chumash celebrate their traditions as they move toward the future in modern America.
About the Author
Danielle Smith-Llera’s former life as a teacher led her to write books for young people. She has taught literature, writing, history, and visual arts to students ranging from elementary school to college. Danielle studied English and Visual Arts at Harvard University and exhibits her artwork internationally. As the spouse of a diplomat, she and her family have lived in Washington D.C., New Delhi, India and Kingston, Jamaica.
Table of Contents
Honoring Traditions 4
Chapter 1 Seashell People 6
Chapter 2 Chumash Struggles 12
Chapter 3 Chumash Communities Today 18
Chapter 4 Protecting Traditions 24
Read More 31
Internet Sites 31
Critical Thinking Using the Common Core 32