1820s -1850s

Clash of Cultures & the Discovery of Gold

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  • Chumash

    The Chumash Indians inhabited a large area of coastal California, from Morro Bay in the north to Malibu in the south. Like all native Californians, the Chumash were hunter-gatherers. Much of what they lived on came from the sea. They were skilled builders of oceangoing canoes, which they used for hunting seal and fish. Learn More

  • The Yana/Yahi People

    The Yana people lived in Northern California on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their land area was approximately 40 miles long by 60 miles wide and included mountain streams and lush meadows. The people hunted wild game, caught salmon, and gathered roots, acorns, and fruit. Anthropologists estimate that the Yana numbered between 1,500 and 2,000 people. Learn More

    The Yana/Yahi People