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.
Wishtoyo Is A Bridge, Preserving The wisdom Of The Ancient Chumash Culture And Linking It To Present Day Environmental Issues.
Wishtoyo's 18th Annual Benefit Celebration, "Looking through the Eyes of the Ancestors"
November 8, 2015 at Wishtoyo's Chumash Village