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#105-The Channel Islands from Laguna Peak, CA (In search of the Rainbow Bridge)


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On the Horizon, to the Right of the setting sun can be seen Four of the Eight Channel Islands.

The Channel Islands of California are a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.

Here were looking at the Santa Barbara Channel.

On the left is San Miguel; Santa Rosa ; Santa Cruz (The largest of this chain) and on the right Anacapa.

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The Native American Chumash Tribe. lived on these Islands.

The Rainbow Bridge, a Chumash Legend.

Crossing over from the islands, to the mainland.

As the story goes, the Creator built "A Rainbow Bridge" to guide the Chumash, but warned them not to look down into the sea during the crossing.

Some could not resist.

But instead of letting them die, the Creator turned them into Dolphins.

So, the relationship of the Chumash people to maritime environments around them was about more than sustenance; it was at the very core of their creation—and the home of their ancestors.

The largest villages were built along the mainland coast near the Santa Barbara Channel.

Some other Indian people had similar customs, but no other Native Americans lived in exactly the same way as the Chumash people.

Their invention and use of the plank canoe, their extraordinary baskets, tools and bead making, their customs and beliefs, and their craftmanship are what make the Chumash Indians unique.

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  • Uploaded on February 23, 2009
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