Between the island and
the mainland there was a lot of trade. Trade goods were beads
and shells for jewelry, steatite, ollas, sea otter and seal skins.
The Islanders got acorns, islay, pine nuts, chia seeds, deer
and rabbit skins, and obsidian points.
The Tongva who lived inland
would come to the coast to trade for fresh and dried fish, shellfish,
steatite and other necessities.
The Mojave, a tribe which
lived in the desert areas of California near the Colorado River,
made two week trips over the mountains into the Gabrielino territory
to trade. They brought black, woven cotton for blankets, fire-hardened
pottery, and small balls of bright-red hematite that the Tongva
particularly liked for body painting and decorating everyday
objects. In return they received from them shell beads, steatite
and asphaltum, which was used to make some of their baskets water
There was also trading
between villages up and down the coast. They went by canoe to
trade with the Chumash to the north.