noun (plural same or Chumashes)
1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting coastal parts of southern California.
- First known inhabitants of this sunshine state were Chumash people who tell of ancestors springing from seeds provided by Earth Goddess.
- For their native inhabitants, the Chumash, the islands represent loss: Centuries of island life ended in the early 1800s when Mission priests relocated the Chumash to the mainland.
- The local Indians, the Chumash, had a legend of something that translates roughly to ‘mouth of hell’ - a place where demons emerge from the netherworld and walk the earth.
Relating to the Chumash or their language.
- She said that the project helps people of all ages understand a basic lesson for all time: ‘One of the most precious things that the Chumash people lost is their land.’
- Eight to nine-thousand year old stone tools recovered from California's Channel Islands resemble those used for boat-building much more recently by Chumash Indians.
- Gambling proceeds pay for free medical care at a modern Chumash clinic and subsidize private schooling, tutors and college tuition.
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