The Chumash World

Santa Cruz Island

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Mission Santa Barbara

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Chumash Painted Cave

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Griffith Observatory

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Santa Barbara

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July 9–15, 2017

The central coast of California has been home to the Chumash people for at least 12,000 years. In ancient times, these hunter-gatherers used the rich resources of land and sea, from the rugged coastal mountains to the Channel Islands. Based in scenic Santa Barbara and on Santa Cruz Island, we explore the world of the Chumash through archaeoastronomy and through their colorful and enigmatic rock art. For an introduction to the fascinating Channel Islands, watch the official park film of the Channel Islands National Park.


  • Explore the Chumash world, past and present.
  • Enjoy special access to Chumash rock art sites.
  • Stay overnight at the University of California field station on Santa Cruz Island.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

Bryan PenpraseBryan Penprase, Ph.D., is the Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy and Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pomona College. Bryan’s book, The Power of Stars: How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization, explores humankind’s response to the sky, how we developed conceptions of our place in the cosmos, and how those conceptions have shaped civilizations through time.


Jennifer PerryJennifer E. Perry, Ph. D., is an anthropologist at California State University, Channel Islands. Prior to joining CSU Channel Islands, she taught at Pomona College for 10 years. Some of her specializations are in coastal societies, hunter-gatherer societies, and American Indian societies. She has collaborated with Channel Islands National Park for 18 years.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and inns. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $700.

All travel is by vans. Expect drives on remote dirt roads. The entire trip takes place at elevations between sea level and 3000 feet. Most hikes are short and easy, but there will be some scrambling and some longer hikes. Our pace will be leisurely, and assistance will be given, but you must be comfortable standing and walking for several hours at a time.

If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in a Crow Canyon trip, please contact us before registering.

Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in Santa Barbara, California, on July 9, 2017, until departure from Santa Barbara on July 15, 2017. Transportation to and from Santa Barbara is your responsibility.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before May 9, 2017, $200 handling fee; after May 9, 2017, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

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