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I first met Bud Bottoms in the early 80s when he came to my mother s house to talk to us about putting a dolphin fountain at the entrance to Stearns Wharf. From that day many of the Chumash and the elders, including my mother Madeline Hall, supported Bud on the fountain project. He has gained our respect and has never said no when we ask him for something. This book tells the real story of how the dolphin fountain came to be and what it means. --John Ruiz, Chumash Elder

I had never seen a dolphin while fishing in our coastal waters for 30 years. Then, on a June day in 1984, we encountered four bottlenose dolphins entering our harbor. I am not of a spiritual persuasion, but I later learned that the Chumash were dancing and tapping, calling the dolphins, an event which served as the motivational force that led to the creation of the Dolphin Family Sculpture by famed sculptor Bud Bottoms. --Mike Moropoulos

About the Author

Bud Bottoms is an author, internationally famous sculptor, environmental activist, and native Californian who has lived in Santa Barbara since 1948. His children s books, Kid Ethics: From A to Z, Kid Ethics 2: From A to Z, Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster) and Grandmother Mountain are inspired by his desire to pass along his life experiences as an elder and as his responsibility being a part of the great web of existence. His newest book, The Story of Santa Barbara's Dolphin Fountain, describes how the famous fountain came about -- from initial inspiration through the actual steps taken to build the sculpture itself. Before becoming a children s book author, Bottoms was already internationally famous for his environmental activism during and after the 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil blowout, and his sculptures in the form of fountains and monuments around the world. He has four actor sons: Timothy, Joseph, Samuel, and Benjamin.


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