Chumash Native Americans, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California

The Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was founded in 1916 by the Mission Creek in the Mission Canyon.

The geologic history of the area includes millions of years of tectonic shifts within the Santa Barbara Embayment.

The Woodhouse Mineral Hall had some very unique mineral formations on display.

The most unique mineral was the “Okenite in Basalt” exhibit from India. The okentie appears as white cotton balls on cooled lava that had gyrolite form on it.

There are hundreds of birds, mammals and other animals that are preserved inside of the facility.

The musuem has the Chumash Hall, which is an exhibit on the Chumash Indians that lived in the Santa Barbara region. Most of the Chumash perished due to disease spread by Spanish missionaries trying to convert them to Christianity.

At their height in civilization, the Chumash had engineered a twenty foot tall wooden plank canoe that they were able to hunt and fish with throughout the Channel Islands.

A separate exhibit shows how European explorers had thought that the lands consisting of California were an island in the 15th and the 16th centuries.

California most likely obtained it’s name from Europeans who decided to name the lands after Queen Calafia, a fictional woman from a 15th century novel.

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