Kitsepawit - Fernando Librado - Notable Native Americans
Kitsepawit - Fernando Librado was a Chumash man whose parents were from the island of Limuw (Santa Cruz Island), off the coast of California. His parents were brought to Mission San Buenaventura as children, where Kitsepawit was raised. He was from the last generation of Chumash people who learned directly from people who had not lived in Spanish missions. The knowledge he acquired from his elders of the language, stories and culture of the Chumash was recorded by anthropologists, and his knowledge of tomols (traditional boats) has been critical for modern Chumash tomol builders. In his later years he lived in a small cave in the Santa Barbara, and worked at a local ranch as a craftsman, shepherd, midwife, medicine man, and doctor.