Policarpio was a Chumash fisherman living in Santa Barbara who was a member of the sea otter hunting group that sailed to San Nicolas Island and returned to Santa Barbara with the Lone Woman in 1853. Policarpio’s wife, Luisa Ygnacio, told J. P. Harrington that Policarpio brought home two feather capes and a shell fishhook that belonged to the Lone Woman.
DATE OF BIRTH: 1833
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mission Santa Barbara, Alta California, New Spain
DATE OF DEATH: 1856
PLACE OF BURIAL: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Blackburn, Thomas. December’s Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives Collected by J. P. Harrington. 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): 195–196.
Last updated: November 16, 2018