The Chumash: The Past and Present of California's Seashell People

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by Danielle Smith-Llera, 2016. Paperback, 32 pages.

Written for kids ages 9-12, The Chumash provides a general overview of the traditions, culture, and challenges of the Chumash people, who thrived along California's Pacific coast for centuries until settlers forced them into a new way of life. It concludes with an overview of Chumash communities today. Includes a timeline, glossary, a list of reference material, and websites to learn more.

About the Author

Danielle Smith-Lleras' former life as a teacher led her to write books for young people. She has taught literature, writing, history, and visual arts to students ranging from elementary school to college. Danielle studied English and Visual Arts at Harvard University and exhibits her artwork internationally. As the spouse of a diplomat, she and her family have lived in Washington D.C., New Delhi, India and Kingston, Jamaica.