We are yak tityu tityu yak tilhini (ytt) a tribe of indigenous Northern Chumash people from the San Luis Obispo County region and we represent an unbroken chain of lineage, kinship, and culture. The purpose of ytt is to protect, preserve, and promote our culture, language, resources, and traditional ways.
The ytt Northern Chumash were the earliest residents of the central coast of California whose homeland can be in general described as the San Luis Obispo County region. Our people and culture declined with the arrival of the Europeans, including the Spanish mission system, Mexican conquest and American colonization. Yet, despite tremendous death and often time forced assimilation of tribal peoples, the Chumash culture has survived and is in the midst of an unprecedented revival. We wish to preserve and promote our traditional kinships and ways, native language, songs, dances, and world view.
We aim to preserve and pass on our cultural traditions to future generations is of vital importance to the well-being of our tribe and other regional residents.
We develop educational programs for the community and we assist the community in increasing their awareness of the Northern Chumash culture. We are available to consult with organizations in need of assistance and have completed projects in association with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the City of Arroyo Grande. Contact us by following the link at the top of our page, "Contact Us".
We are proud of our heritage, our people, and the beautiful land we call our home. We are grateful for the opportunity to share with you a part of our rich past, our exciting present, and our limitless future.