Chumash Artists and Builders

Behrens, June
January 1996
Missions of the Central Coast;1996, p41
Priests of Spanish Missions in central coast of California realized that Chumash Indians, living in coastal California, had talents of their own. The Chumash were excellent craftspeople specializing in carving and sculpting. The Spaniards noted the fineness of Chumash stonework inlaid with a shiny white shell called mother-of-pearl. Some mission Indians used their artistic skills to paint walls and ceilings with bright borders and geometric designs. Other Chumash recruited to the missions carved statues and water spouts out of local stone.


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