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Ethnic Studies Students and Faculty Create Indigenous Campus Walking Tour

ES students lead a walking tour project that highlights the Indigenous history on campus 

ES student Amy Contreras, and ES faculty members Lydia Heberling and Becca Lucas on the Indigenous walking tour with students, March 2024 (Photo from cal poly news)

Ethnic Studies students Amy Contreras and Sophie Martyrossian led a project developed as a BEACoN and SURP Research Project, that began in 2023, to create a campus walking tour that highlights the Indigenous history, of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini (ytt) Northern Chumash tribe, on the land that the Cal Poly campus resides on. The project's advisors were Ethnic Studies faculty members, Lydia Heberling,, and Becca Lucas,, who is a member of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region.

You can read further information about the completed project as featured in an article on Cal Poly News, here, and take the virtual walking tour, here. Please contact project advisor's Lydia Heberling and Becca Lucas to schedule a guided in-person tour, obtain a printed booklet for a self-guided tour, or any further questions. 

Cal Poly News article

Virtual Walking Tour

Mustang News article

At Cal Poly, we acknowledge that the land on which our university sits carries the heritage of the Indigenous People of San Luis Obispo County and Region, the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe.

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