A descendant of the Chumash Indians who once lived on Santa Cruz Island and two other Chumash held a funeral ceremony Wednesday to rebury the 1,800-year-old bones of a female dug up a year ago.
The small private ceremony was held on the island exactly one year after Brian Krantz of Ventura, then a caretaker and hunting guide for Island Adventures, unearthed the remains of the Chumash woman at a grave site near the island's airstrip.
In September, a Santa Barbara Superior Court jury found Krantz guilty of deliberately desecrating the ancient Chumash Indian grave site.
He was arrested in January when National Park Service rangers and Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies in Blackhawk helicopters staged a commando-style raid at the Gherini Ranch on the east end of Santa Cruz Island. The raid took place shortly before the National Park Service took over the 6,700-acre Gherini Ranch on Feb. 10.
A year ago, two park service rangers posed as wealthy hunters and witnessed Krantz unearth the remains. One ranger secretly tape-recorded a conversation with Krantz as he dug bones out of the grave with his hands.