The Chumash

From the Series Native American Histories

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the Chumash people have made their home on California’s rich coast. Their story is one of survival and strength. Forced to work in Spanish missions in the 1700s, the Chumash lost much of their original way of life. Their struggle continued in the 1800s, when Chumash land fell under Mexican control and they faced oppression, poverty, and homelessness. After many years of hardship, the Chumash have regained some of their traditions. Many still live in their native homeland, and they look forward to the future with optimism and pride.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2007
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2007-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF018040, JNF025170
Dewey 979.4004'9758
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.875 x 9
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 106852
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Recipes, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Liz Sonneborn

Liz Sonneborn has written more than fifty books for children and adults, including several titles for the North American Indian Nations series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Native American Histories

Developed in conjunction with Native American consultants, each book in this fascinating series provides a chronological history of the Native American group, from their origins through modern times. The coverage includes early histories, traditional lifestyles, housing, crafts, and… View available downloads →


School Library Journal

“The Chumash tribe thrived on the Pacific’s bounty in California’s mild climate, but its people were decimated by European diseases and forced labor in Spanish missions. Sonneborn describes the origins, traditions, and culture of the Chumash, who still survive and are enjoying a contemporary renaissance.” —School Library Journal

Midwest Book Review

“All are excellent surveys that should be considered ‘must have foundation references’ for any serious elementary-level collection.”
The Midwest Book Review