Luisa Ygnacio

One of J.P. Harrington’s Barbareño Chumash informants, Luisa Ygnacio told him that she thought the Lone Woman would have lived longer had she stayed with the Chumash in Santa Barbara instead of living with the Nidever family. According to notes written by her granddaughter, Luisa Ygnacio, whose husband was Policarpio, met the Lone Woman in Santa Barbara and tried to speak with her, but was unable to communicate with her.

DATE OF BIRTH: About August 13, 1836
PLACE OF BIRTH: Santa Barbara, Alta California, Mexican Republic
DATE OF DEATH: December 7, 1922
PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Barbara, California, USA

Blackburn, Thomas. December’s Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975: 19.

Hudson, Travis. “Recently Discovered Accounts Concerning the ‘Lone Woman’ of San Nicolas Island. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 3 (1981): 192–193.

Schwartz, Steven J., Susan L. Morris, John R. Johnson. The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island: Her Story from Native American Sources. Presentation at the May 2018 meeting of the Santa Barbara County Archaeological Society, Santa Barbara, California.

Last updated: November 16, 2018