Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Chumash Adventure!

Today Mrs. Ranney's class enjoyed an exciting and educational trip to the local Chumash Indian Museum!

Watch the slide show below to see the activities we enjoyed!

Three Cheers for the Chumash! on PhotoPeach



Leave a comment and tell us about the activities you enjoyed most!

Share some facts about the Chumash!

You might also like to try answering the following questions:

What is the name of the Chumash canoe?
What are two ways the Chumash used asphaltum (tar)?
What beach is named for the tar that was found there?
What did the Chumash do to remove tannic acid from acorn?
Explain how to play a Chumash game.
Name some foods eaten by the Chumash.
What materials were used in building a Chumash ap?
What type of plant would the Chumash use to 
get rid of a headache?


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    Here are some answers to your questions:

    The Chumash canoe is called tomol.

    The Chumash people used tar to make clam-shell rattles. They used it for gluing canoe pieces together.

    Zuma Beach was named after the tar that was found there.

    The Chumash peopled filter the acorn powder, using water, to remove the tannic acid.

    To play all you need to do is throw the stick, run and give it to the next person.

    Some foods that the Chumash people eat are: black abalone, the Pacific littleneck clam, red abalone, the bent-nosed clam, ostrea lurida oysters, Pacific littleneck clams, angular unicorn snails, and the butternut clam

    Willow poles, small branches, bulrush or cattails were used to build a Chumash ap.

    Rain & Eilat (Rain's mom)

    1. Haku Rain and Eilat,

      What a wonderful comment! You included so many interesting facts! I especially enjoyed reading about the foods eaten by the Chumash people.

      I know that Gray Wolf taught us about Zuma Beach, but I believe it was Pismo Beach that was named for the tar found there.

      Keep up the great research and writing!

      Mrs. Ranney

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    We had an extremely, entirely enthusiastic time at the Chumash Museum.

    We have a very mammoth amount of fabulous factoids. For example, did you know that the Chumash word for tar is Pismo as in Pismo Beach and Topanga as in Old Topanga Canyon Road, are both Chumash words? There were seven different languages of the Chumash.

    The Chumash people were very resourceful. They needed redwood to make tomols, so they waited for a big storm. Then a redwood would fall into an ocean where they would pick it up, drag it onto the beach, and make it into a tomol. We really did have a lot of facts.


    Jackson and Aidan F.

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My favorite part of the Chumash field trip was when we played the game to try to knock down the sticks. I also liked when they showed the stuff that the Chumash used every day.


  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I enjoyed the field trip a lot!

    My favorite activity was the one where I had two sticks with drawings on one side and a partner. Then, we both tossed the sticks on the table and whatever number of the sides with designs on them, that's how much points we got.

    Chumash people got rid of the tannic acid in the acorns by rushing water through the basket of acorn flour.

    One way the Chumash used tar was to glue parts of their canoes.

    Has anybody tried smashing acorns at home?

    Your student,


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