Thursday, January 6, 2011

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #8 – Satwiwa, Where the World is Safe and Warm

When humans could speak with animals and the world was “safe and warm,” the Chumash Indians came up Big Sycamore Canyon carrying bounty from the sea to trade with the Indians that lived at Satwiwa, aka Rancho Sierra Vista. Once a year the tribes of Gabriolino, Tongva and Chumash would meet in the vast meadow at the top of the 8-mile climb to discuss the hunting and ceremonial plans of the year. Today the meadow framed by Boney Ridge, a volcanic bluff that shelters the canyon, is honeycombed with hiking trails.

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