John’s research into Chumash history and culture began in the late 1970’s when he was working at the University of California. He visited the national archives with Dr.Greg Schaaf to research the history of the Tejon Reservation. Very little was known at this time about the Mountain Chumash participation in the 1851 Tejon treaty and their struggles to hold onto their ancestral lands.
Over the next four decades, John researched and wrote a number of papers and books on the Chumash, focusing on history and philosophy.
Chumash theologians comment on the Rigors of the World and the demons which plague mankind. Greed is a fundamental flaw in human nature which creates an opening for demons to enter.
A Circle Within the Abyss
This study explores Kitsepawit’s poetic aphorism that all life on this earth is a circle, an eddy within the Abyss. The encircled circle and encircled cross are featured in this commentary on Chumash cosmology.
The Chumash House of Fate
In the theology of the Chumash Indians, Coyote and Morning Star compete with Eagle and the Sun to determine the fate of life on the surface of the earth.
Tales for the Christmas Season: Chumash and Mohave
A comparison of Mohave and Chumash Winter Solstice traditions with Christmas tales of contemporary California. Luisa Nutu and Triyere Kavasuk are the featured native narrators.