Zoom Event: Conversations with a Curator – Shell Bead Money

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Thu, Apr 15 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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The Chumash people produced shell beads for thousands of years in the Santa Barbara Channel region. Join Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Associate Curator of Anthropology Brian Barbier, M.A., as he discusses his recent experimental archaeological research of the Chumash shell bead money production and exchange. Discover the rich and unique history of a shell-bead-making industry that drove the complex economic exchange of the Chumash and their neighbors. Barbier will demonstrate how shell bead money was made, from shell splitting to final shaping. Learn about cutting-edge methods used to reconstruct this complex economy of the past.

Free for Naturalist-level Members* and above
$5 for Member–Family Plus levels
$10 non-members

*of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center

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