Black Gold Collections

This collection focuses on those members of the Central Coast community who are of California Indian heritage. The original native people of the Central Coast region include the Tataviam from interior Ventura County, the Nicoleño from San Nicolas Island, the Salinan from northern San Luis Obispo County and the following branches of the Chumash Linguistic Family: Ventureño from Ventura County, Barbareño and Ineseño from Santa Barbara County, Obispeño from San Luis Obispo County and Cruzeño Chumas from the Northern Channel Islands.The collection is based on a photographic exhibit that was produced by the Black Gold Cooperative System Advisory Board in collaboration with Dr. John R. Johnson, Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. These photos have been obtained from museums, archives and family collections.