Wishtoyo's Inter-Tribal Cultural and Marine Science Summer Field Study 2016!

Wishtoyo's Inter-Tribal Cultural & Marine Science Summer Field Study in Partnership with Pitzer Native American Youth to College Program. Read More...

Application for Summer 2016 must go through pitzernativeyouth2college.org

Program Dates

  • July 22nd – August 5th, 2016 – Summer Program (9th, 10th, 11th grades)
    • July 22nd, 2016 – Orientation @ Wishtoyo Chumash Village
    • July 22nd – July 29th, 2016 –  Wishtoyo Chumash Village Stay
    • July 29th – August 5th – Pitzer College
    • Sunday, August 5th, 2016 – Graduation @ Pitzer College
  • Application Deadline                                                Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 5PM
  • Notification of Decision                                           Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 5PM

If you have any questions regarding the applications or anything else, please contact Pitzer Program Director Scott Scoggins at 909.706.5948 or scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu. or Wishtoyo Cultural Resources & Education Director, Luhui Isha at 805.729.7692 or luhuiisha@wishtoyo.org

Wishtoyo's Chumash Women's Elders Council Chairwoman, Georgiana Sanchez, presenting at a poetry reading at the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center

Georgiana is such an amazing storyteller, poet, writer, and singer! Her talent is a real gift to the community. Anytime she is presenting at a venue, gathering or just sharing with family, she just draws you into an inspirational journey!! -- Luhui Isha

Partnering with BeeCassoLive bringing much needed honey bees to Wishtoyo Village!

Steve Downs and Kate Garrison of BeeCassoLive (http://beecassolivebeeremoval.com) in their protective gear while removing Africanized agressive bees from the Village and replacing them with honey bees!! With our good fortune we've been able to taste the sweet honey these bees have produced and it is very mild and yummy. With additional good fortune our newest staff member, Rachel Chung, who is our Education & Development Associate is also a "Bee Keeper!!" How about that!

Eighty High School Students from Notre Dame Academy of West LA inspired to learn the history and culture of our Chumash people.

What a wonderful group of students to engage with! They are so humble and intelligent. Their questions and comments demonstrated their eagerness to learn of our historical past and of the fact that our culture  is alive and evolving in modern times. It was so beautiful to hear them sing with us. Many angelic voices!!

Mati Waiya visits Coastal Salish Traditional Canoe Maker and Master Carver, Charles Elliot, on the island of Victoria, Canada.


Above photo is of the Santa Clara River, an 83 mile long river beginning in the mouintains of Northern Los Angeles, flowing down into the the Oxnard Plain and eventually into the Santa Clara River Estuary which empties into the Santa Barbara Channel. This area was home to the Chumash and Tatavian people for thousands of years and recieved the name Utom or Phantom river because of how it can so quickly rise and wash out anything in its way! Utom is still revered in ceremony by the Chumash as they believe that it has a living spirit of its own and is the home of many endnagered animal and plant species that are key to the health of the river's ecological and spiritual wellbeing. The Chumash still harvest, perform ceremony, protect and interact with the river and her inhabitants today.

Students Participate in Wishtoyo's Cultural and Environmental Programs.