Huntington Beach indian sculpture

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GATHERING MUSSELS Bolsa Chica Circa 3209 BCE  

Huntington Beach -- As early as 6,000 B.C., it is believed that Hokan speaking aboriginal tribes occupied the coastal region around Huntington Beach. Artifacts from this group are scant. The sculpture above depicts what local inhabitants likely collected and ate.  


There is more information available about the Shoshonean Indians who lived along the coast 1,500 years ago. Semi-permanent villages were built near the beach and were used primarily during the summer months. The tribes then  migrated to foothills of local mountains as temperatures dropped and colder days set in. Probably related to Hopis, Comanches and Utes, they moved around as hunters and gatherers.  


One of their villages called Lukupa may have been on the land later inhabited by the Newland family. You can see the Newland's historic house still standing near the corner of Beach Boulevard and Adams Street.  


The Shoshoneans had no written language but passed information through song, ceremony, dance, story-telling, petroglyphs and pictographs. 


Information from a Huntington Beach Book: Huntington Beach, The Gem of the South Coast, by: Diann Marsh  
Heritage Media Corp., 1999, ISBN1-886-483-20-5  




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