The Chumash tribe is divided into over 12 subgroups. They lived near the coast of what is now Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. 1500 years ago, they were already using bows and arrows. Before that time, they used spears for warfare and hunting. They were still hunters and gatherers by the time the first Spanish arrived. They were adept at fishing; this was one of the few Native American tribes that navigated the ocean for fishing and trade. They used harpoons to catch large fish. They used the tomol, a plank canoe, for their frequent fishing and trading expeditions.
The Chumash were not corn farmers like some of their neighbors. They obtained their food from the sea, but also from plant foods they found. These included acorns and wild herbs, which they made into a soup.
One of the challenges the Chumash people face today involves their sacred burial sites. These are sometimes on public park land. Hikers will sometimes take “relics” from these burial sites. There is also an effort to take bones from other burial sites and bring them together.
Most are Christian today. Some reject Christianity since it came from those who took their land and exploited their people. Like many who were pressured into becoming Christian, the Chumash reject Christian institutions. They often don’t give the loving savior a chance because of historical grievances.
The Chumash peoples need a spirituality that centers on Jesus Christ without the trappings of European culture. Christian believers from their people can write worship songs that involve culturally relevant ways to worship.
Pray for the Lord to raise up some to produce culturally appropriate worship music for the Chumash people.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Chumash people both spiritually and economically.
Pray for Chumash disciples who will make more disciples.
Scripture Prayers for the Chumash in United States.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Chumash|
|People Name in Country||Chumash|
|Population this Country||3,800|
|Population all Countries||3,800|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
Primary Language: English
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1380-2011)|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online Audio Scripture||Talking Bibles|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||Story Runners|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in English||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Rivka video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video||Mars Hill Media|
|Film / Video||Walking with Jesus video||Jesus Film Project|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|General||Zume Resources||Zume Project|
|General||Zume Training||Zume Project|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: English||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: English||YouVersion Bibles|