Chumash people did not disappear 250 years ago, they were taken into the missions, worked on the ranchos, and are still playing an important role in changing the face of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Charlie Cooke, "Tiq Slo" is Hereditary Chief of the Chumash. He is behind the conservation effort that led to the protection of an important spiritual site of his people--Satiwiwa. You can still visit Satwiwa, but that is not the only place where you can learn about the Chumash. Here are some helpful websites:
Did You Know?
Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.