OUR FIRST INHABITANTS: THE CHUMASH INDIANS
The artist who created this mural hiked to the historic site of the Chumash Indian village of Sisa (along Santa Paula creek in the foothills above Santa Paula) to get a sense of the landscape. She also talked to the daughter of a Chumash "culture bearer." In the mural, a Chumash grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of her people, beginning with the Mission period and moving back in history to the life they lived in their early villages. Represented are activities and scenes typical of ancient Chumash culture which thrived in this area for thousands of years - hunters bringing back their game, men fishing in the creek, a sweat lodge, baskets and arrows being made, a trading scene, and a wide variety of animals, birds, and plants that were abundant here in earlier times.