Revitalization of the Chumash Tomol

March 20, 2014 – March 20, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Alan Salazar & Ray Ward

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).
Register below or call (805) 962-8404 x115
(many of our lectures sellout, so register early)

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

Alan Salazar has been a Native American traditional storyteller, a paddler of Chumash tomols (plank canoes), and a Native American consultant/monitor. His family has traced their 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, constructed 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.

Ray Ward is a native Barbareno and after a time raising a family on their horse ranch on the Skookumchuck River in Washington State, moved back to Santa Barbara. He has shared his ancestory and the tradition of paddling a tomol with his sons in the 2006 Santa Barbara Channel Crossing and continues to be involved with the Chumash community. Ray has participated and supported the revitalization of the canoe culture with both the Northwest tribes and the Chumash Maritime Association.

He has worked as a tradesman, businessman and general contractor, while enjoying surfing, diving, hunting, fishing and martial arts.