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Revitalization of the Chumash Tomol by Alan Salazar & Ray Ward

March 20, 2014 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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.


Event Details

  • Organizer/Sponsor: Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto
  • Starts: March 20, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
  • Website: http://www.sbmm.org
  • Sponsors: Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto