Dixie Archaeology Society member speaks on ‘Chumash: Shells, Shelter, Seafaring and Spectacular Rock Art’

ST. GEORGE — Dixie Archaeological Society board member Chris Oravec presents “Chumash: Shells, Shelter, Seafaring and Spectacular Rock Art,” Wednesday Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Udvar-Hazy Building, Boeing Auditorium Room 121 on the Dixie State University Campus, 225 S. 700 East in St. George.

The Chumash culture located along the coast in central California is in the news. Recent archaeology on the Channel Islands dates their settlements from around 10,000 years ago, making the Chumash people one of the earliest inhabitants of North America. The Chumash sailed the seas in dugout canoes and established settlements where they traded beads and shells. Their pictographs are spectacular examples of West Coast indigenous art. This presentation surveys recent developments and evidence of their ancient culture.

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