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Chumash History in the Ojai Valley

By on January 21, 2015 in All About Ojai, Events

All About Ojai: Environmental Learning Series

The Chumash in the Ojai Valley
The History, Culture and Plant Knowledge of the Chumash People

Part 1:

Julie Tumamait
11.09.JulieTumamait.2Saturday, Feb. 7
2:00 PM
OVLC Office
370 W. Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4 

Part 2:

Lanny Kaufer
All_About_Ojai_Hike_Lanny_009Sunday, Feb. 8
9:30-1130 AM
Riverview Trailhead
Ventura River Preserve

The Chumash were Ojai’s first inhabitants, living here for thousands of years before European explorers arrived. The livelihood of the Chumash people was based upon their subsistence upon the available natural resources – plants, animals and fish, and their sustainable ways of utilizing these resources. They found use for almost every type of plant and animal available – for food, clothing, medicine and tools. Their environment inspired their art, their beliefs, stories, ceremonies and songs.

Join us for a fascinating exploration of Chumash life though artifacts, art and stories presented by Julie Tumamait on Saturday afternoon followed by a native plant walk with Lanny Kaufer on Sunday morning. The tribal leader of the Barbareño-Ventureño band of Chumash, Julie is a direct descendent of a Native American band that formerly inhabited Santa Cruz island and has been active for many years in Native American education. A biologist and retired science teacher, Lanny been leading Herb Walks — native plant interpretive walks and hikes — in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1976.

This All About Ojai event is free to members and students and $10 for non-members. Become a member today! A family membership is just $35 per year. » RSVP to Marti Reid at or 805-649-6852 ext.2


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