Barbareño Chumash Translations

Enjoy the sight and sound of the Barbareño Chumash language presented in the word collage on our Chumash Trails Day T-shirts.

*Translations provided by Matthew Vestuto, Barbareño linguist and member of the Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians.

’ełxe’lele

The word ’ełxe’lele means: Montecito. 

’itš̓alayaš

The word ’itš̓alayaš means: trail.

xoy

The word xoy means: peak.

’ališaw’o

The word ’ališaw’o means: hot springs.

kitayan̓an

The word kitayan̓an means: we go on foot.

ǝhǝyǝnša

The word ǝhǝyǝnša means: Ortega Hill/Summerland.

xuntimes

The word xuntimes also means: peak

’alaxulwis’en

The word ’alaxulwis’en means: painted cave.

syuxtun

The word syuxtun means: [insert].

’ałpintš̓e

The word ’ałpintš̓e means: [insert].

qenepšten

The word qenepšten means: [insert].

t̓em̓

The word ’t̓em̓ means: foot.

’alawax

The word ’’alawax means: mouth of Sycamore Canyon.

monušmu 

The word monušmu also means: painted cave.

šalawa 

The word šalawa means: village at beach in Montecito.