• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Chumash: Today

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?

Rangers from California State Parks and the National Park Service discuss program ideas.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.