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n. pl. Chumash or Chu·mash·es
A member of any of a group of Hokan-speaking Native American peoples formerly inhabiting the southern California coastal region around Santa Barbara and the northern Channel Islands, with a small present-day population near Santa Barbara.


(xʊˈmaʃ; Yiddish ˈxʊməʃ)
(Judaism) Judaism a printed book containing one of the Five Books of Moses
[literally: a fifth (part of the Torah)]


(ˈtʃu mæʃ)

n., pl. -mash•es, (esp. collectively) -mash.
a member of an American Indian people who formerly inhabited the S California coast from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica Bay.
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Eugene artist Dan Chen's latest and largest project, a soaring golden eagle titled "Flames of Victory" surrounded by five life-size sculptures reflecting the history and culture of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, will be on public display for one day at the west Eugene foundry where the pieces have been cast and polished before being packed up and shipped to their permanent home near Santa Barbara, Calif.
Contract Awarded for Expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.
I was awakened at 7:00 on a recent Saturday morning to find a very persistent little girl thrusting a Chumash in my face.
Broyles-Gonzalez's extensive introduction of forty-six pages provides a carefully reasoned context that reflects upon local and Native history, as well as Chumash concepts of survival strategies, self-determination, gender, resistance, and reemergence.
PAHs are the main component of fossil bitumen, a naturally occurring material used in ancient times by the Chumash Indians.
Aristocrat Technologies Inc, a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), an Australia-based company that provides gaming solutions, has completed a trial of new nCompass media window platform at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, US.
NORTHRIDGE -- First lady Laura Bush dropped in on Balboa magnet school Wednesday, where fourth-graders showed her objects used by Chumash Indians and early settlers of the Santa Monica Mountains.
New additions include Charlotte Wilcox's THE SEMINOLES (0822528487) and IROQUOIS (0822526379), Alison Blake's THE APACHES (0822559153), Michelle Levine's THE OJIBWE (0822559102), DELAWARE (0822559145), CHEROKEES (0822524430) and SIOUX (0822528649), Liz Sonneborn's THE CHOCTAWS (0822559110) and NAVAJOS (0822524457), SHOSHONES (0822528495), CHUMASH (0822559129) and CREEK (0822559137).
Archaeological data indicate that the Chumash people and their ancestors lived, thrived, and survived along the California Coast for at least eleven thousand years.
The solemn ceremony was witnessed by the local Chumash chief, Yanonali.
Thousands of wild pigs are devastating more than 6,000 years of human history at Channel Islands National Park, digging up ancient burial sites and scattering artifacts on Santa Cruz Island--land sacred to Chumash Indians.
We are not sure who the people were, though some Chumash artifacts were also found with the bodies.