About

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is organized as a non-profit corporation under the guidelines of the state of California Senate Bill 18.

The NCTC mission is to offer a foundation for the Chumash people of San Luis Obispo County to bring our culture and heritage back to life, create dignity with the people, educate the public that the Chumash have always been here, we have not gone anywhere, and we will always be here, one continuum.  We are the Chumash of over 20,000 years of habitation in San Luis Obispo County.

Today the Northern Chumash Tribal Council  is involved in consultation with County and Local Governments to improve the respect for our cultural resources and to improve the quality of archaeology performed during the evaluation given to our ancestors during the decision making process for land use issues in San Luis Obispo County.   This will offer a more complete project analysis for the protection of “Cultural Places and Sacred Sites”.  NCTC is also working with the development community to assist them in the planning process so that we better understand each others’ concerns.
The Northern Chumash Tribal Council is looking at self sustainability through working within the community.   NCTC has leased land to start our organic farm.  We will be self-reliant through agriculture and businesses in the community and not from a casino.  NCTC is not looking for Federal recognition, we are not waiting for anyone to give us anything.  We understand that if we work together with common goals we will be able to achieve our vision.

Just recently, we have started to work on “The Healing Vision Project” in Avila Beach.  The Northern Chumash Tribal Council does not want a project that would include a hotel, conference center or any physical structure. Rather, the property should be preserved in its natural state and help to tell the story of the Chumash people.  We wouldd like to have open space where we could do ceremonies; a place with park benches and a picnic area, and that would allow us to camp on solstice day.

Cultural Monitoring

Our priority is to identify what cultural resources, including Traditional Cultural Properties, within the Area of Potential Effect, which should we treat, and how do we best protect them? What are the status and trends of cultural resources and what are the agents of deterioration? Continue reading “Cultural Monitoring”

Chumash Sanctuary

Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Area in need of protectionThe proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is dedicated to the nurturing of relationships to Nature and the Ocean in the deepest ways possible. The Chumash understanding and culture-based respect for Nature comes from their long and profound relationships with coastal marine ecosystems. Continue reading “Chumash Sanctuary”

Native Chumash

Native Herbs and Honey Company Founder, Violet Sage Walker, is an indigenous Californian, a Northern Chumash descendant of Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo County. Violet is vice chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and elected delegate for CA state party ADEM Progressive Democrat for the 35th district, and a local community leader, born and living in Avila Beach, CA. Violet grew up riding horses in the mountains of her traditional homeland this is where her understanding of the culture and herbs began. She grew up hearing about the apple orchards, herbal medicines, bees and traditions of her ancestors- Consuelo Violet’s grandmother tended a 160 acre farm in See canyon. Violet is a descendant of Jesus Antonio.
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