Guest Lecture with Dr. John Johnson


“The Mysterious Tataviam: Original Inhabitants of Camulos”

The Tataviam represent one of the least known of California Indian groups. Very little of their tribal history and unique language survived the Mission Period. By sifting through Spanish mission archives and records of early twentieth century anthropologists, our speaker retrieved rare pieces of information that shed light on this enigmatic tribe and its descendants. Dr. Johnson will share these findings in his lecture.

Dr. John Johnson has served as Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History since 1986. He obtained his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and teaches an annual course on California Indians at UCSB. Dr. Johnson has published more than 80 studies about Southern California Indians.

Free. Reception to follow in the museum’s new Visitor’s Center. Donations welcomed. Reservations appreciated by calling 805-521-1501.