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South Coast College Students Participate In Reopening Sacred Chumash Site

“Creator, we come in a good way today. We come with honor creator, dignity, respect, to do something good.”

That’s Raudel Banuelos, Vice Tribal Chair of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band Of Chumash Mission Indians.

He was blessing Cal State University Channels Islands students and volunteers as they cleared a path on the sacred Chumash site. 

“Who else can say they have a sacred shrine that overlooks the university? And that’s Round Mountain," Banuelos said. "To us it’s satwiwa, which is, in our language means ‘the bluffs.’"

The students who participated in the effort got up early, hiked up the steep hill, and cleared chaparral from the area.

Freshman Annika Ginter says she was happy to participate.

“I think it’s really neat that they gave the students and community this opportunity just to restore and replenish this really sacred mountain," Ginter says.