The First Community
Located near the Ventura River and ocean, the village was surrounded by abundant resources for food and shelter. The Chumash homes were dome-shaped and made of pliable willow poles covered with layers of sedge thatching. Swift plank canoes known as tomols enabled the Chumash to utilize the rich marine and island resources. The tomol, unique among North American Indians and considered advanced in design, was constructed from boards made from driftwood, sewn together with fiber cord, the seams caulked with tar, and covered with a mixture of red ochre and pine pitch. The Chumash were also skilled in making coiled baskets which served many
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 34° 16.56′ N, 119° 17.586′ W. Marker is in Ventura, California, in Ventura County. Marker is at the intersection of Ventura Promenade and South California Street, on the left when traveling west on Ventura Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ventura CA 93001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dacy Fazio House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 632 E. Thompson Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Cunane House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 682 East Thompson Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chumash Hutash Fiesta (approx. ¼ mile away); The Hobart/Barr/Lucking Initial Residence c. 1898 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hobart/Barr/Lucking Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ventura Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ventura.
Also see . . . Chumash People (Wikipedia). (Submitted on June 13, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 12, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.