"Mural-The Chumash Indians" Santa Paula Local Custom Tip by Tugboatguy
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The heritage of the Chumash Indians native to Ventura County who dwelled in the area now known as Santa Paula and its surrounding environs ages ago is celebrated in a mural on the west-facing wall of the Santa Paula Public Library at 119 No. Eighth Street.
This mural of the series was most difficult for me to photograph well because it is appropriately finished in muted earth tones typical of the vegetable and mineral pigments available to the Chumash from nature. Cave paintings by the Chumash Indians are still to be found that used these same natural pigments in the general area ranging to above the city of Santa Barbara farther west. Also, this artistic celebration of the Chumash Indian culture is behind trees with dense foliage. I apologize my photos simply do not do the mural justice.
Fortunately, closeup viewing is available and benches in front of the mural invite closer contemplation and appreciation of this work of art. The Chumash Indians used a natural crude oil seep along what is now Highway 150 northwest of Santa Paula to caulk and waterproof the seams of their crude boats called tomols. They used these craft to paddle to the offshore Channel Islands, also establishing island cultural groups dependent upon a fish and mollusk diet there. The art and culture of the native Chumash is well portrayed in this mural, so please get a closer look from the benches provided.
This mural was completed in the year 2000. Please see the website for a far better rendition of this mural, and more information.
othercontact: 119 No. Eighth Street
Phone: 805 525-5561
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