Chumash ‘Tomol’ on display at local museum
Update: Exhibit extended through Thanksgiving
The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum currently has on display a child-size replica of a Chumash “Tomol”. When Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo first sailed up the coast of California in 1542 he saw Chumash Indians building these redwood craft on the beach and named the location El Carpinteria, the carpenter’s shop.
The scale reproduction now at the Pioneer Museum, like the originals, was glued with asphalt and tree sap then sewn together. The outsides were painted to keep the boat from leaking. The display is a unique opportunity for children and their parents to glimpse a living replica of a staple of Chumash culture.
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum is open free to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1-4 pm and is located at 2010 Riverside Ave, just south of the Paso Robles Event Center. The Tomol exhibit was extended and is now showing through Thanksgiving.