Chumash Cave Paintings

Chumash Cave Paintings are among the most elaborate and colorful in the world.

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Shamans, or Chumash priests, are thought to have made these paintings to influence supernatural beings and forces to intervene in human affairs.


The earliest Chumash used charcoal for their drawings, but as their culture evolved, they colorfully decorated caves using, red, orange, black, white, and yellow pigments.


These colorful yet simple cave paintings included human figures and animal life.



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