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The Chumash World at European ContactPower, Trade, and Feasting Among Complex Hunter-Gatherers$
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Lynn Gamble

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254411

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254411.001.0001

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Cultural Setting

Cultural Setting

(p.37) Chapter 3 Cultural Setting
The Chumash World at European Contact

Lynn H. Gamble

University of California Press

This chapter examines the cultural setting of the Chumash, and summarizes the evidence used to reconstruct Chumash society over the years, namely the early documents. It then looks at the archaeological research that has been conducted on the mainland, which is further split into three main eras. Finally, the chapter addresses the debate on the emergence of the sociopolitical complexity and the social sphere of the Chumash, including their economic system, their chiefs, and the social roles present in Chumash society.

Keywords:   cultural setting, early documents, archaeological research, sociopolitical complexity, social sphere, economic system, chiefs, social roles, Chumash society

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