The conversion of the Chumash Indians: An ecological interpretation

@article{Coombs1977TheCO,
  title={The conversion of the Chumash Indians: An ecological interpretation},
  author={Gary B. Coombs and Fred T. Plog},
  journal={Human Ecology},
  year={1977},
  volume={5},
  pages={309-328}
}
A 17-year period during which interaction occurred between the Chumash and Spanish colonizers is the focus of the study. Significant variation in subsistence and interactive patterns during this period is identified. The baptismal rite that marked the transition from native villager to mission Indian is interpreted in relation to the environmental and subsistence realities faced by both the Chumash and Spanish. 

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