- Access Genealogy - http://www.accessgenealogy.com -

Chumash Indians

Discover your
family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

choose a state:
Start Now

Chumash Indians. A term originally applied to the Santa Rosa islanders. Also called:

Chumash Connections. At first considered a distinct linguistic stock, the Chumash are now included in the larger Hokan family. Location.—The Chumash occupied the three northern islands of the Santa Barbara group, the coast from Malibu Canyon to Estero Bay, and extended inland to the range that divides the drainage of the great valley from the coast, except on the west where their frontier was the watershed between the Salinas and the Santa Maria and short coast streams, and on the east where some small fragments had spilled over into part of the most southerly drainage of the San Joaquin-Kern system.

Chumash Subdivisions

Chumash Villages

Cabrillo’s sixteenth century relation gives the names of a number of villages, part of which Kroeber (1925) has been able to identify, at least with a fair degree of probability, while some are evidently duplications. Eliminating the duplications, we have the following additional village names:

Chumash Population. The number of Chumash has been estimated by Kroeber (1925) at 10,000 in 1770; at the present time a mere remnant is left, given as 38 in the census of 1910 and 14 in that of 1930.