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Chumash Dancers Honor Elliot

By Logan Hall

On a cool, starlit, Ojai summer night, flames from the large bon-fire licked at the crisp air as a screech owl swooped overhead. The grounds of Casa De La Luna and the throngs of people present were prepared for the Chumash Bear Dance ceremony to honor Elliot, the Ojai bear that was killed last year.“It is time to call out the bears,” exclaimed Redstar, the group’s ceremonial leader. “Chi ciayo, chi ciayo, chi ciayo.” Just a few minutes earlier, Redstar, who donned traditional Chumash regalia for the ceremony, had been wearing plain

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