Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park (outside Santa Barbara, CA)


The Chumash Indians were the dominant people in a portion of southern California that includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. They left behind many examples of rock art throughout this region. The most accessible site is Chumash Painted Cave State Park, just off State Hwy 154. The pictographs, done in red and black polychrome paints, adorn the walls of a small sandstone cave, protected from the public by an iron gate. The symbols are thought to involve Chumash cosmology, but in fact no one really knows.

The art is similar to other pictographs that we saw last year in the Southwest.

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