Chumash Heritage

California Central Coast Chumash Heritage

National Marine Sanctuary

Purpose and Area

The 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.

The proposed Sanctuary embodies internationally and nationally significant oceanographic features, habitat and sacred Chumash onshore and submerged sites, some as far as13 miles offshore. Codependent onshore resources include the high coastal dunes, wetlands and Chumash Sacred sites continuously occupied for 9,000 or more years.

Other significant features include: the major offshore Santa Lucia Bank with benthic communities of world-wide significance where13 species of whales and dolphins gather and feed; three major upwellings, one of which is persistent, bringing up nutrient-rich water to feed marine life that also enhances the ecosystems of the two adjacent Sanctuaries; a 3,000 meter deep five-fingered submarine canyon through which the west coast’s only persistent upwelling flows; cetacean gathering areas and migration lanes. Continue reading “Chumash Heritage”

Thank You

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council has a relationship with all things, it is our honor to care for the land and waters, and our ancestors have been caring for this land for all time.  Time ……Space ………….One Continuum.

When the Elders and Chumash Community gathered in Avila last year, on August 17, during our struggle with PG&E to stop acoustic testing along our coast, we had prayed for a solution, the Whales and Dolphins our relatives came, when they heard our story, telling  the Elders that they would always come when we need them. The Elders have told the Whales and Dolphins that we would come to them when they call for help, they helped us stop acoustic testing, now it is our time to help them
stop seismic testing worldwide!
The Chumash Peoples will be coming to their aid, we will be thanking the Whales and Dolphins,
will you……………………


California Property Owner and Tribe Dispute Uncovered Burial Ground

December 15, 2012

Human remains were uncovered on November 29 while workers leveled dirt to plant pistachio and almond trees on private land in Hanford, California, reported the Hanford Sentinel.

The Tachi-Yokut Tribe says the remains are part of a burial mound and wants them reburied, preferably in the same spot they were dug up from. The tribe would like the area fenced off and preserved, cultural specialist Lalo Franco told the newspaper.

“They really have done a lot of damage to this particular [burial] mound,” Franco told the Hanford Sentinel. “We don’t want any further disturbance.” Continue reading “Uncovered”



The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is a tribal governing body whose members are from San Luis Obispo County and they have been the living continuum of Chumash Peoples for over 18,000 years.  Living along this sacred coastline in San Luis Obispo County, we are Stakeholders.  NCTC was formed under the guidelines of Senate Bill 18 as a State Recognized Tribal Government.   NCTC corporate office is located at 67 South Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.  NCTC is dedicated to the preservation of Chumash Culture and Heritage, meaningful consulting with local governments, consulting with the development community, and changing government policy for better tribal community well-being.

Continue reading “COASTLINE CONCERNS”

Earth Wisdom

Earth Wisdom
A California Chumash Woman
By Yolanda Broyles-González; Pilulaw Khus

256 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 2011
Pilulaw Khus has devoted her life to tribal, environmental, and human rights issues. With impressive candor and detail, she recounts those struggles here, offering a Native woman’s perspective on California history and the production of knowledge about indigenous peoples. Readers interested in tribal history will find in her story a spiritual counterpoint to prevailing academic views on the complicated reemergence of a Chumash identity. Readers interested in environmental studies will find vital eyewitness accounts of movements to safeguard important sites like Painted Rock and San Simeon Point from developers. Readers interested in indigenous storytelling will find Chumash origin tales and oral history as recounted by a gifted storyteller.

The 1978 Point Conception Occupation was a turning point in Pilulaw Khus’s life. In that year excavation began for a new natural gas facility at Point Conception, near Santa Barbara, California. To the Chumash tribal people of the central California coast, this was desecration of sacred land. In the Chumash cosmology, it was the site of the Western Gate, a passageway for spirits to enter the next world. Frustrated by unfavorable court hearings, the Chumash and their allies mobilized a year-long occupation of the disputed site, eventually forcing the energy company to abandon its plan. The Point Conception Occupation was a landmark event in the cultural revitalization of the Chumash people and a turning point in the life of Pilulaw Khus, the Chumash activist and medicine woman whose firsthand narrations comprise this volume.

Scholar Yolanda Broyles-González provides an extensive introductory analysis of Khus’s narrative. Her analysis explores “re-Indianization” and highlights the newly emergent Chumash research of the last decade.

In the world of book publishing, this volume from a traditional Chumash woman elder is a first. It puts a 20th (and 21st) century face, name, identity, humanity, personality, and living voice on the term Chumash.



Northern Chumash Council & Supporting Drip part 1

Northern Chumash Council & Supporting Drip part 2

Northern Chumash Council & Supporting Drip part 3


Through Time and Space … One Continuum

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council is looking at self sustainability through working within the community.   NCTC has leased land to start Chumash Farms, our organic farm.   Chumash Farms operates an all natural farm utilizing the most advanced agricultural process – greenhouse aeroponics – growing plants in air.  These modern methods use less that 10% of the water and land used in typical farms.




The future of farming is here and we hope to establish a teaching farm to advance Eco-friendly, natural agriculture here and around the globe.

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council will be self-reliant through agriculture and businesses in our 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.


Northern Chumash Tribal Council

tribal spokesperson: Fred Collins

address: 67 South Street,

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

phone: (805) 801-0347


Please send donations made payable to the Northern Chumash Tribal Council


Picture of the Brotherhood of the Tomol and our families in Santa Barbara on the Solstice of 2007.

The Barbarenos Chumash Council of Santa Barbara has recently started making the crossing between Ventura and Santa Cruz Island 26 miles, back to our home. The crossing is done in our Tomol – a planked canoe 32 feet long. This vessel is tied together with native twine using no nail, ribs, or rivets. These journeys have brought our Chumash Community together in spirit and community. We are working together and we are healing ourselves and our community.

Water is in all things, water is ancient, its birth is in the stars. The Chumash understand that the water is in everything and is the force of life. Water is the communicator of life. Water is the most incredible essence in the Universe, respect it, protect it, and drink it.


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.  We understand that if we work together with common goals we will be able to achieve our vision.

Letter to NOAA

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and the Indigenous Communities around the world are working to provide solutions to assist Grandmother Oceans in the ever expanding troubling challenges that we face today. NCTC would like to thank you (Mr. Douros,) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for giving us the indigenous community the opportunity to offer our perspectives for the long life of Grandmother Oceans, current perspectives that make the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary even more important today.

Continue reading “Letter to NOAA”

Feinstein Calls on Commerce Secretary to Accelerate Designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Commerce Secretary Ross to accelerate the designation of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary in an effort to combat rising carbon levels in the oceans.

“California’s waters are rising in acidity at twice the global average, threatening marine life and contributing to a growing number of costly fishery disasters,” Feinstein wrote to Secretary Ross. “In addition to creating 600 new jobs, designating the proposed ‘Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary’ would protect sacred sites of the Chumash people, major animal migratory routes, and kelp habitat.”

Full text of the letter follows:
Continue reading “Feinstein Calls on Commerce Secretary to Accelerate Designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary”

sewer plan

Hello Dear Supporters,

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council, Inc. is engaged with many project, protecting our environment, culture heritage and ancestral Sacred Places, please see article below, the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, Inc. is always in need of support from our great friends, thank you for all you do, together we will see the future for our Children. Continue reading “sewer plan”