Martina (Lekte)

According to Chumash informant Luisa Ygnacio, Martina (Lekte) a Chumash Indian, walked with Pilar, a Gabrielino Indian, to the Nidever house in Santa Barbara, gathering clams along the way as a gift. The Lone Woman was pleased with their gift of familiar food. Martina thought the Lone Woman spoke like a Fernandeño (an American Indian who was baptized at Mission San Fernando, south of Santa Barbara).

DATE OF BIRTH: About 1810
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kaxas, Santa Cruz Island (Limuw), Alta California, New Spain
DATE OF DEATH: Unknown
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown


Bibliography
1852 California State census, Santa Barbara County, California, population schedule, Santa Barbara, p. 37 penned, line 35, Martina, digital image. Ancestry.com. (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 January 2016), citing California State Library repository collection C144, roll 5.

Hudson, Travis. Breath of the Sun: Life in Early California as Told by a Chumash Indian, Fernando Librado to John P. Harrington. Banning, CA: Malki Museum Press, 1979: 149.

Hudson, Travis. “Recently Discovered Accounts Concerning the ‘Lone Woman’ of San Nicolas Island.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 3 (1981): 193–94.

Last updated: February 7, 2017