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Santa Barbara, CA

Chumash Rock Paintings

The Native Americans lived in California for centuries, even perhaps millennia. When European explorers made contact, ethnographers believe the number of Native Americans throughout the state reached approximately 500,000. Their tribes were so diverse that ethnographers identified 135 separate Native American languages. These various tribes created petroglyphs (pecked or incised abstract images) and pictographs (fiber brush paintings on […]

Death Valley Jim

Hidden Mojave Rock Art

He’s a desert enthusiast who has explored ghost towns, old mines and rock art sites of the Upper Mojave Desert. His guidebooks have also incited hate mail from locals. Death Valley Jim, 34, moved to California City five years ago. With a population of about 14,000, the city happens to be the third largest landwise in the entire state. At […]

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