Native Cuisine



For thousands of years, people have lived along the California Coast, harvesting and managing the land for its abundant resources. The Native Chumash look to the sea for abalone, clams, fish, kelp, and eggs from shorebirds. Although today many of these species are depleted, they are still important for Native foodways.


How are traditional foodways passed down from generation to generation?

“Organizations, individuals, and cultural resources have been revitalizing the various regions of the Native People that has allowed us to integrate traditional ways into today’s lifestyles.”

–Joe Talaugon