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    The do's and don't of Malibu

    by iandsmith Updated May 26, 2011
    Looking back towards where the Chumash once lived

    Favorite thing: Things you can't do - drink alcohol (unless at an approved organized do), smoke, bathe naked, take your dog or park for free.
    Doing research I came across this interesting bit of history:
    "The Chumash lived along the coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo. They also lived in the interior valleys, such as Santa Ynez, Cuyama, Santa Clara and Simi. The names of their most important villages are still on maps and are an interesting part of the local culture of this area, Saticoy, Somis, Sinil, Tapo, Sespe, Calleguas, Camulos, Piru, Mugu, Zuma, Cuyama, Cachuma, Ojai, and Matilija were all Chumash villages.

    There is no contemporary drawing in existence of the Chumash Indians in their native state. Fortunately, however, the Spanish diarists thought the Chumash superior to any other California tribes and happily wrote many vivid descriptions of them.

    Fondest memory: Juan Paez of the Cabrillo Expedition, wrote on October 10, 1542 after observing the Chumash:
    "They were dressed in skins and wore their hair very long and tied up with long strings inter-woven with the hair, there being attached to the strings many gewgaws of flint, bone, and wood."
    Father Pedro Font, diarist of the second expedition of Captain Juan Bautista de Anza, noted in 1776 the absence of clothing:
    "The dress of the men is total nakedness. For adornment they are in the habit of wearing around the waist a string or other gewgaw which covers nothing. Some of them have the cartilage of the nose pierced, and all have the ears perforated with two large holes in which they wear little canes like two horns as thick as the little finger, in which they are accustomed to carry powder made of their wild tobacco. These Indians are well formed and of good TD although not very corpulent on account of their sweating, I judge. The women are fairly good looking."
    The Chumash villages on the channel coast were usually built on high ground where a creek ran into the ocean. Thus, they had fresh water and a quick launching spot for their canoes. Friar Crespi with the Portola expedition in 1769 describes his first look at a village:
    "We arrived at the shore where we saw a regular town, the most populous and best laid out of all we had seen on the journey up to the present time. It is situated on a tongue or point of land running out of the same beach."
    This very well could be a description of Humaliwo, the Chumash village, located at the present day site of The Malibu Lagoon Museum.
    "The houses are well constructed, round like an oven, spacious and fairly comfortable; light enters through a hole in the roof"

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    Malibu Sunrise

    by RawdgerDodger Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Malibu beach is watching the sunrise. It is nice just to be able to get up early in the morning and paddle out on the waves. Anywhere else in the world, I just want to sleep in. In early September, the sun rises at approximately 6:30 AM.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Malibu Beach is wrestling on the shore with my cousins during a storm. We had just finished surfing and we decided to wrestle and throw each other into the waves that were breaking on the shore.

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