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Chumash Museum and Cultural Center will rejoice historical past of all those who lived on local land for thousands of many years

By Malea Martin

Development of the Santa Ynez Chumash Museum and Cultural Centre is effectively underway, a project that Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn called a prolonged-expected desire. But training others about the tribe’s culture and background, Kahn instructed the Sunshine, is nothing new for the Santa Ynez Chumash persons.

“The tribe had, in the 1970s, a standard ‘tule ap’ that was crafted, and then they had shared some cultural items and objects for the neighborhood to arrive and appreciate,” Kahn stated. “We’ve had a variety of distinctive displays in excess of the yrs in our tribal govt facilities, but we felt it was time that we expanded that to carry our collections and notify some of our regular tales all below just one roof for the local community to take pleasure in.”

Selected structure components of the 14,000-square-foot facility will pay back homage to those traditions, this kind of as the tule ap, a hut-like construction. 

“Traditionally, that was how our ancestors took shelter,” Kahn mentioned. “There would be a subterranean dugout … and then they would create a spherical, dome-shaped home, create a body, and then line the body with tule reeds, and the tule reeds would defend the people from the factors.”

The exhibition will element accumulating spaces that resemble these regular structures to symbolize a Chumash village.

Dwelling Dream
From left to proper, Santa Ynez Chumash Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn, Secretary/Treasurer Maxine Littlejohn, Vice Chair Raul Armenta, and Company Committee customers Gary Tempo and Mike Lopez stand on the upcoming web page of the Santa Ynez Chumash Museum and Cultural Centre.

The museum’s advisory committee, designed up of users of the tribe and the group, formed its vision for the exhibits dependent on Chumash historical past and how other tribes have informed their tales, Kahn explained. Early on in the project, the committee visited much more than 10 museums in six states to watch their collections and learn about their museum practices.

The new museum’s reveals will function products that the tribe presently possesses, and it will also partner with current tribal museums to take out Santa Ynez Chumash items on loan.

“But the tribe has amassed a quite healthier collection of our have,” Kahn mentioned. “Basketry is what our tribe is effectively recognised for. The craftsmanship is in some conditions so fantastic that it can hold water.”

The assortment of cultural objects amassed by the tribe exceeds 20,000 pieces. In an effort to make the reveals interactive, Kahn stated there will be the two authentic cultural things and replicas on screen, enabling readers to touch and interact with the replicas. But he dislikes making use of that term to explain the new objects.

“Our current-day Chumash neighborhood associates have been commissioned to make these, so they are not really replicas, they’re just modern-working day crafted applications and objects,” Kahn reported. “But given that they are fashionable … those people will be much more out there for our guests to be capable to touch, come to feel, and experience for by themselves.”

The museum, which is slated for completion afterwards this 12 months, was designed by Jones & Jones Architects. Founding partner Johnpaul Jones is of Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and was a principal designer of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., a composition that Kahn said was a departure from the usual style and design aesthetic of Capitol Mall museums at the time.

“That’s one particular of the most sizeable museums on the mall there for the reason that it was the to start with one particular that no for a longer period took the typical rectangle, box condition,” Kahn said. “It was extremely exclusive for them to take extra of a all-natural, curved method to creating a tribal museum. So we’re in great hands.”

Kahn additional that the Santa Ynez Chumash Museum will carry on the tribe’s longstanding commitment to sustainability by pursuing LEED (Leadership in Strength and Environmental Structure) certification. If effective, it would be just one of the to start with LEED-qualified tribal museums in the United States, he reported.

“Our water reuse programming extends about to the museum internet site, so we’ll be applying recycled water for that internet site, for all of the drought-tolerant native landscaping but also in any variety of water element for displays,” Kahn additional.

The task is also regionally sourcing quite a few of its products, this kind of as stone from the Santa Ynez Valley.

Kahn hopes museum patrons will take away an appreciation for tribal values—including environmental stewardship and respect for the land—once the museum opens, which he hopes will transpire early upcoming 12 months.

“We want people to be equipped to really feel the existence and comprehend that for the earlier 8,000 yrs, this region has experienced individuals thriving off the land,” Kahn reported. “We want to make positive that we do not forget about those regular strategies and historical moments.” 


• The Santa Maria General public Library introduced that in recognition of National Craft Thirty day period, it will be featuring an assortment of spring-themed craft kits for Santa Maria youth to delight in. “Each craft pack contains provides for making Intercontinental Women’s Day bouquets, an Irish fairy garden, and some Springtime bug good friends,” in accordance to metropolis officers. “Additional activity backlinks and a ebook list are bundled to inspire creativeness and studying all through the thirty day period. These craft packs are made for youth in kindergarten by way of sixth quality.” Those fascinated can sign-up by the library’s online functions calendar or by calling (805) 925-0994. Packs can be picked up until March 20.

Workers Writer Malea Martin wrote this week’s Highlight. Deliver tips to [email protected]