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The Chumash Indians occupied the area between Malibu Canyon and San Luis Obispo, which is now South west of Bakersfield, California. The range stretched inward up to the western edge of the San Joaquin valley.

The Chumash used methods known as twining and coiling in their basketry. The baskets were traditionally in red and black with white sumac or tan to golden juncus backgrounds. It was very common for the designs to have a band about its own width from the top, (usually 1 inch).



A Chumash arrow straightener
 
Item#: FL-37
A Chumash arrow straightener
Heated in a fire and used to harden and straighten the arrow shafts.
Length: 4 1/2in
Width: 2 3/4in
 
A very large and unique Chumash feasting bowl
 
Item#: 2018
A very large and unique Chumash feasting bowl
Decorated with a primary band and a double lightning design.
A similar bowl with a single lightning design is illustrated in A Corpus of Chumash Basketry (plate 29D).
It is a three rod foundation, sewn with dyed and natural Juncus.
Circa: 1870
Diameter: 18in
Height 10in

 
A Chumash tray
 
Item#: 9461
A Chumash tray
Circa: 1840
Ref: Native American Indian Basketry of Southern California, page 35
Diameter: 11 1/4in
Height: 2 1/4in
 
 

 

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