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The Chumash World at European Contact: Power, Trade, and Feasting Among Complex Hunter-Gatherers

Lynn Gamble


When Spanish explorers and missionaries came onto Southern California's shores in 1769, they encountered the large towns and villages of the Chumash, a people who at that time were among the most advanced hunter-gatherer societies in the world. The Spanish were entertained and fed at lavish feasts hosted by chiefs who ruled over the settlements and who participated in extensive social and economic networks. In this modern synthesis of data from the Chumash heartland, this book weaves together multiple sources of evidence to re-create the rich tapestry of Chumash society. Drawing from archaeolo ... More

Keywords: Spanish explorers, Southern California, Chumash, hunter-gatherer societies, Chumash society, Chumash culture, settlements, social networks, economic networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254411
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Gamble, author