John R. Johnson has served as Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History since 1986. He obtained his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught an annual course on California Indians at UCSB since 2004, where he has an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology. Dr. Johnson’s career has been devoted to understanding the culture and history of the Chumash Indians and their neighbors in south central California through the study of archaeology, archival records, and interviews with contemporary Native Americans. He has published more than 80 studies about Southern California Indians. John Johnson’s research focuses on the colonial periods at either end of the Native American experience: (1) the peopling of the New World and (2) the Spanish Mission Period of Alta California. He heads a team that has been investigating the earliest evidence for people in coastal California at the Arlington Springs site on Santa Rosa Island.