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Research Reveals Clues to Island Life 500 Years Ago

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Date: November 8, 2013
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Dr. Todd Braje will discuss what life was like in the Chumash village of Qshiwqshiwon Santa Rosa Island at the dawn of European contact during the November From Shore to Sea lecture.

Braje recently began a low-impact research project to better understand the life of the Chumash inhabitants of Qshiwqshiw. Cooperating with Chumash representatives, the National Park Service, and San Diego State University, Braje made discoveries that shed light on the details of the island village life at that time.

Qshiwqshiwis a well-known historic village site that contained glass beads and other historic items, evidence of trade with Europeans. It was one of the largest Chumash villages on the northern Channel Islands during that period and has extensive shell middens. These midden deposits help scientists understand Chumash village life.  

Braje is an assistant professor of anthropology at San Diego State University and has conducted research on the northern Channel Islands for nearly ten years. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon and has published two recent books documenting his research, Modern Oceans, Ancient Sitesand Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters.

This presentation will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

Did You Know?

Island fox                                                  timhaufphotography.com

Island foxes are the smallest North American canids and occur only on the Channel Islands. The average weight for an adult male is 5-6 pounds, about the size of a house cat.