Our Heritage

From the earliest days, Chumash children are raised with stories that reinforce two important beliefs that define Chumash culture. The first is a belief in the value of excellence, every task should be embraced with all your effort. Historically, Chumash standards of excellence have been set by the gorgeous and sustaining Valley that we’ve inhabited for 8,000 years. It is our belief that we need to live up to the Valley in all we do. Perhaps that’s the reason that even our simple, utilitarian baskets sit in art museums around the world.
 
The second belief makes traditional home life unique. We believe we have a special responsibility to provide restorative hospitality to our guests. In Chumash culture it is unforgivable to let a visitor who is tired, stressed or depleted leave your home without making every effort to restore that guest. Simply providing food and shelter is not enough. It is our obligation to transform our guests so that they can leave ready to face the challenges of their journey. Delivering restorative indulgence is our way of repairing body and soul. And it defines Chumash-style hospitality.

To learn more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, please visit our Tribal website at santaynezchumash.org

We also invite you watch the Chumash brand anthem below.