Chumash Tribal Marine Protected Areas Education Program (CTMPA)
In 2012, Wishtoyo launched its Chumash Tribal Marine Protected Areas (“CTMPA”) program, a cultural and marine science education program to provide students with the opportunity to learn about Chumash maritime history, marine conservation and ecology, MPAs and the importance of relationship with the natural environment. The cultural, scientific, policy, and regulatory content of the Chumash Tribal MPAs program was developed with our education program partners: the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, California State Parks Channel Coast District, and Wishtoyo's Cultural and Marine Science Education Advisory Team (CMSEAT). We are currently scheduling fieldtrips to Wishtoyo’s Chumash Village in Malibu. http://www.wishtoyo.org/field-trip-reservation/
This program offers Chumash Cultural, Environmental & Marine Stewardship Education.
Students have an opportunity to learn from Chumash Educators about the historic journey of the Channel Islands and Coastal mainland Chumash who occupied the Northern Channel Islands and south-central California for over 15,000 years. Chumash maritime culture, environmental sustainability and marine science content inspire an understanding of Chumash cultural values, marine stewardship, and conservation ethic. Sharing Chumash songs, oral history, storytelling, and sustainability practices, has created an outstanding and memorable education experience for thousands of students of all ages.
The cultural landscape and ocean environment have changed dramatically over the last 200 years, mostly by way of human impact. Chumash stories inspire a sense of place and encourages the students to be aware of life a bit more in the present moment with examples of a more holistic practice that can be balanced with modern fast paced life.
Stories like the “Red-tailed Hawk and the Sun” which reminds us to appreciate every day that the sun comes up as a gift of life! And the “Rainbow Bridge Story” which tells us that our place of origin is from the island of Limuw, Santa Cruz Island. Together the students experience Chumash Culture and history on an 8,000 year old village site.
Our CTMPA education programs have been a phenomenal sucess, instilling a marine conservation ethic and a sense of place in thousands of youth and educating participants about marine conservation and the importance of Marine Protected Areas! The numbers of students participating in this program has grown more than 50% in the past two years. We currently serve approximately 6,000 students annually.
One of our current products from the CTMPA program is this beautiful 24"X 36" Poster below of the Chumash Tribal Marine Protected Areas Map which shows state and federal marine protected areas in the South Coast of California and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. In addition it highlights the historical and traditional tomol (Chumash Canoe) routes and the names of coastal villages written in both the Chumash Language and in by their common names to inspire student exploration of past and present maritime connections!
Educators can request a copy of this map by pdf or a printed copy once your classroom has scheduled a field trip to participate in the Chumash Tribal Marine Protected Areas Program at Wishtoyo Chumash Village.
We are currently scheduling fieldtrips to Wishtoyo’s Chumash Village in Malibu. http://www.wishtoyo.org/field-trip-reservation/
Go to the following link for reservations: http://www.wishtoyo.org/field-trip-reservation/
Wishtoyo maintains its commitment to building supportive ocean and coastal partnerships and constituencies amongst diverse communities through community outreach and education, in part by sustaining and growing our Chumash Tribal Marine Protected Areas (CTMPA) programs.
Wishtoyo Foundation’s White Paper: Tribal Marine Protected Areas: Protecting Maritime Ways and Cultural Practices (please click to view).