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Channel Islands Live Hike: Chumash Indians on the Channel Islands

Island Chumash in tomol with village in background.

Michael Ward

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Early Island Chumash had the same basic needs we have today, yet provided for them in different ways. Students participate in a live, interactive visit with a park ranger on Anacapa Island to learn how humans use the natural resources around them to provide their basic needs. A program goal is for students to develop an appreciation and stewardship of the American Indian culture on the park islands while learning about their own connections to the past.

Broadcast length: 30 minutes

Grade level: Third to Fourth

Objectives addressed:

  • Provide examples of goods and ecosystem services that were used by Chumash Indians on the Channel Islands.
  • Explain how Island Chumash adapted to their natural environment.
  • Explain how physical geography affected the natural resources upon which Island Chumash depended.

Essential question:

  • What basic needs are common to all living things?

Program Documents

How to Participate

To participate in a Channel Islands Live distance learning program:

  1. Test Your Connection

     Follow one of these set-up instructions and run required tests:

     Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Videoconferencing Software

     Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Videoconferencing Equipment

  2. Schedule Your Program

    Upon successful testing, schedule your broadcast date and time by submitting the Channel Islands Live Broadcast Reservation Form.
    (Note: Save the PDF fillable form to your computer, add your information in the required fields, save it again, and then attach it to an email. The email address is listed on the form.)

Once your request is processed you will receive an email confirmation of your broadcast date and time. "Day of Broadcast Instructions" will be included with this email. 

Spaces are limited and request forms are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Education programs are offered Wednesdays from September to mid-June between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Be sure to keep any time differences in mind when requesting programs. 

If a live program is not available, archived programs can be used with program lesson plans. Other curriculum materials can also help educators explore the park with their students and meet their curriculum needs.

For additional information contact: Education Coordinator or call 805-658-5735.


American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography
National/State Standards:
California/History–Social Science—Grade 3: 2.2; Grade 4:4.2.1
American Indian, Native American, Chumash, archeologist, artifacts, adapt, natural resources, island, islands, ocean, oceans
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