Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Chumash: Our Local Native American Tribe

Enjoy the photos from our Chumash Interpretive Center field trip.
The captions on each slide were composed by the students!
They learned so much!

Our Visit to the Chumash Museum on PhotoPeach

Below are the mule deer we spotted while walking the trail through the oak woodlands.

Below is a recording of a Chumash song!
Panther thinks we're perfect!

What was the most interesting fact that you learn about at the Chumash Museum?

If you were a Chumash Indian, what do you think would be the most challenging activity and why?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Thank you for sharing your pictures and information about the Chumash Museum. I enjoyed your post very much. I was not aware that we had such an interesting museum so close to our neighborhood.
    When I was little, my uncle would take me hiking in Santa Barbara and we would find arrowheads that the Native Americans used. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
    Your friend,
    Mrs. Adler (Trent's Mom)

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    I really enjoyed the slide show about your trip to the Chumash museum. It was very informative with excellent pictures to go along with the text.

    We are studying our local Native American tribe also. They are called the Pequot. It will be interesting to compare the shelter, canoes, and clothing of the two tribes.

    I have a lot of questions from your fantastic post, but here are just a few of them:

    -How did the Chumash build the tomols? It looked like they were made of planks of wood joined together.
    -Where did they get the tar to seal them so that they were watertight?
    -Finally, did the Chumash grow crops, or did they just hunt and gather their food?

    I can't wait to learn more! We will be getting some information together about the Pequot to share with you.

    Your friend,
    Mr. Salsich

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    We just enjoyed viewing and listening to all of the videos on the post. They captured the essence of the field trip in an entertaining and educational way.

    Kendall's favorite video was the one of the classes singing the Chumash song. Shannon liked all of the clips, but found the first one particularly fascinating. Shannon couldn't believe many families lived in a single ap!

    What was your favorite part of the field trip?

    Kendall and Shannon (Kendall's mom)

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Going to the field trip was extraordinary! The best part to me was when we saw deer that weren't afraid of us. Our docent said it isn't scared because it just wants food. If I was a Chumash, I would always go outside and enjoy the fascinating environment. The best part of the video was the close ups, and the reasons I thought the close ups were magnificent because I can figure out so much more.:-)

    Your student,

  5. What a great field trip. And informative video. It's always fun to learn about other cultures and how they lived, as compared to our own.

    Sometimes the best education can be found by simply stepping outside your door...


    Eric (Ben's dad)

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Thank you so much for your infomative post on your field trip and the Chumash Indians. I was so disappointed that I couldn't attend the trip, but the slideshow had so much information and detail that I feel like I learned as much as if I had attended.

    I am fascinated by the aps and wonder what it would be like to sleep in one. Do you think that when it rained, the water came in through the smoke hole? Do you think that it would put out the fire below?

    I look at the app and think how grateful I am for our home. I don't think I would be happy sharing such a small living space with many families. Would you?

    Lastly, I was so excited to see the deer that joined your field trip. What an extra special surprise!

    Thank you for the great education on the Chumash Tribe.

    (Jaxon's mom)

  7. Dear Mrs.Yollis class,

    I had a great time with your class. Thank you for arranging the trip. What was your classes favorite thing about the field trip?



  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis class,

    My favorite thing about the field trip was when we saw the deer and drawing on the sticks! I think this was a great field trip! I hope you had a great time too.



  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Ethan and I loved going to the Chumash Museum. The most interesting fact Nick and I learned was the Chumash's ap was made out of tule and wood. The hardest thing for Ethan and I would be hunting because you might get killed. What would be the most difficult challange for you?

    Ethan and Nick

  10. Dear Mrs Yollis' Class,

    Wow what a fascinating trip you went on! I think it is fantastic that you are learning about your local history and native tribes.

    The indigenous people of Australia are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our Term Two theme is all about Aboriginal Australia and it is very interesting to learn more about the first Australians! In May, we went to a centre which might be similar to the Chumash museum. It was called Narana Creations and it helped us learn more about Aboriginal culture.

    I loved your slide show and found it fascinating to learn all about the "aps" and different aspects of the tribe's culture.

    Keep up your great posts!
    From Miss McGeady

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved to hear what the Chumash did in the past! Some of the facts I learned were really fascinating like, the Chumash hunted rabbits, and they didn't stay still like the rabbit game we played with sticks standing still. I also enjoyed learning the song.

    Your student,

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I like the video of the song we were singing at the end of the field trip. My favorite part about the field trip was seeing the mule deer. What was your favorite part about the field trip?


  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Hi, I am a student at Lindero Canyon Middle School and I heard that this blog was worth looking at. It turns out that I heard right. I chose to comment on this particular post because I thought it was very interesting and creative that you put a movie into your blog posting. I really wish that I knew how to do that on my own blog. It was also very interesting to hear a Chumash song. I loved your blog so much that I know I will be looking at it more often.



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