Each year, Scott O’Dell’s Newbery Award winning novel Island of the Blue Dolphins introduces young people to the Channel Islands. O’Dell’s tale of the young girl Karana was inspired by the true story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas who was left on the Island in 1835 when a boat took the remaining Nicoleño people to the mainland. She lived alone on the island until George Nidever, a fisherman and sea otter hunter, discovered her in 1853 and brought her to the Santa Barbara Mission.
Although San Nicolas Island is not one of the park islands, the story of the Lone Woman gives interesting insight to the lifeways of the native inhabitants of the Channel Islands at the time Europeans had established a sizeable population in what is now California.
- Los Angeles Times article about recent exciting archeological discoveries on San Nicolas Island
- Lone Woman information posted on the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History website
- Research paper by Steven Schwartz, US Navy archeologist
- Island of the Blue Dolphins Curriculum-based Live Broadcast from Anacapa Island
- Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island and the San Nicolas Box Cache presentations from the 2012 California Islands Symposium