A Canyon through Time

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-05-28
  • Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
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"Long a refuge for bootleggers and hobos, Tecolote Canyon was engulfed by an industrialized oil boom for twenty years beginning in the 1930s, and endured the only Japanese attack on the contiguous U.S. during World War II. In the postindustrial era, the lower canyon was a haven for surfers, nudists, and grave diggers before being transformed into a five-star resort in the 1990s. But this beautiful area of California's Santa Barbara Coast has been occupied by humans for at least 9000 years." "Known by the Chumash Indians as Hel'apunitse (guitar fish), the canyon was a major nexus of Chumash village life from about 2000 to 500 years ago. After the arrival of Europeans, the canyon passed from Chumash hands through successive Spanish, Mexican, and American administrations." "In A Canyon through Time, the authors summarize the deep history of this beautiful canyon, which serves as a fascinating microcosm of the California coastal region. Using data from archaeology, ecology, geology, geography, and history, they weave an interdisciplinary tale of the natural and human prehistory and history of the Tecolote Canyon area."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Rene L. Vellanoweth is associate professor of anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles. Torben C. Rick is assistant professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University. Jon M. Erlandson is professor of anthropology and executive director of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
A Canyon through Time: An Introductionp. 1
A Landscape History for the Tecolote Canyon Areap. 7
The First Californiansp. 17
Early Settlement: 10,000 to 7,000 Years Agop. 31
The Middle Holocene: 7,000 to 3,500 Years Agop. 43
The Chumash at Hel'apunitsep. 67
History and Historical Archaeologyp. 101
Power, Place, and History-Tecolote Canyon through Timep. 128
Additional Figure and Tablesp. 149
Glossaryp. 185
References Citedp. 189
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