From the earliest days, Chumash children are raised with stories that reinforce two important beliefs that define Chumash culture. The first is a belief in the value of excellence, every task should be embraced with all your effort. Historically, Chumash standards of excellence have been set by the gorgeous and sustaining Valley that we’ve inhabited for 8,000 years. It is our belief that we need to live up to the Valley in all we do. Perhaps that’s the reason that even our simple, utilitarian baskets sit in art museums around the world.