Chumash history revealed during hike to sacred site

. Guided nature hike was part of Earth Day celebration

SPECIAL PLACE—Chumash Indian Museum manager Alfred Panther and his dog Hattie visit a cave that experts believed was used for Chumash ceremonies. The cave has a pictograph of a water strider bug as well as deep rock indentions called mortars that were used for grinding.

“They would pour water in the holes and when the reflection of the Little Dipper matched up with the holes, they knew what time of year it was,” said the Yoeme tribe member. “Some people look at the Ch...

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