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Revitalization of the Chumash Tomol


Originally published 4:25 p.m., February 6, 2014
Updated 4:25 p.m., February 6, 2014

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).

To Register: Go to www.sbmm.org or call (805) 962-8404 x115

(please register for tickets early to guarantee admittance)

Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Alan Salazar has been a Native American traditional storyteller, a traditional paddler of Chumash tomols (plank canoes), and a Native American consultant/monitor. His family has traced their family ancestry to the Chumash village of Ta’apu, now known as Simi Valley, and the Tataviam village of Pi’ing near Castaic, Ca.

He is a founding member of the Kern County Native American Heritage Preservation Council, the Chumash Maritime Association, a member of the California Indian Advisory Council for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and a member of the Environmental Review Board for the city of Malibu.

Salazar helped build the first working traditional Chumash plank canoe called a tomol in modern times, and has paddled in this plank canoe for over 15 years. He has been involved with protecting Native American cultural sites for 20 years as a consultant/monitor on sites in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties. He is one of the few consultant/monitors that has taken college classes in archaeology and has worked as a field archaeologist, to help him better understand the field.

He has self-published the first ever Chumash coloring book featuring important Chumash animals and the Chumash language.

Salazar has also worked as a Juvenile Institution Officer for approximately 20 years at Juvenile Facilities in Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, California and believes by sharing his knowledge about the Chumash/Tataviam cultures, he is saving these rich Native cultures.

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The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the home of the First-Order Fresnel Lens from Point Conception Lighthouse.

The 7,825 square-foot Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, located at the Santa Barbara Harbor, opened to the public in July 2000. Today, the museum is a vital part of the community, offering educational programs, interactive displays, and both temporary and permanent exhibits, attracting thousands of visitors each year. To date, more than 81,000 schoolchildren from 140 area schools have participated in the Maritime Museum’s educational programs.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, California 93109. Please visit sbmm.org for more details.

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