Chumash Indian Museum


                           What's New

New from Nomad Two Worlds: Raw Spirit Winter Oak

by: Jodi Battershell

Raw Spirit Winter Oak, the new fragrance from Nomad Two Worlds, joins the celebrated collection which to date includes Raw Spirit Fire Tree (2012); Raw Spirit Citadelle, Raw Spirit Bijou Vert and Raw Spirit Wild Fire (all released in 2013) and 2014's Raw Spirit Desert Blush


Nomad Two Worlds’ Raw Spirit line is a collection of socially conscious fragrances made in partnership with fragrance house Firmenich. As members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Nomad and Firmenich committed in 2013 to create ten new Raw Spirit fragrances over the next two years and in the process, identify and work with Indigenous and marginalized communities in Haiti, Australia, Brazil and the US to assist in the commercialization of novel ingredients and to help champion and showcase these ingredients to the consumer market. Winter Oak represents the first US Native American fragrance collaboration and highlights American Oak, wrapped in layers of luxurious suede, exotic saffron, premium Haitian vetiver and musks, in a unisex eau de parfum.

Like the other fragrances in the Raw Spirit line, Winter Oak was created by Firmenich master perfumer Harry Fremont,  who says, "I have always been inspired by the smell of oak and the power that comes from its age and size. I am fascinated by this wood and its link to western American history. In my own backyard, I was once splitting wood and the smooth scent struck in a very memorable way. Oak is directly tied to Americana as it dots the landscape of California—from the rolling hills of LA to the beautiful vineyards up north. For this fragrance, I wanted to combine the uniquely strong smell of winter oak with spices and leather notes to give a western feel."

The Raw Spirit line also donates a portion of the sales of each fragrance to a charitable organization. Part proceeds from sales of Winter Oak will be used to support the Chumash Indian Museum, a historical site and living history center in Thousand Oaks, CA. Alfred Mazza, Director of the Chumash Indian Museum, explains the significance of oak in Native American culture.  “Oak figures prominently in west coast Native American history and culture, particularly that of the Chumash people of California. ’Grandfather Oak’ has nourished, sheltered and warmed the Chumash people for centuries. It is spoken of in stories and appears in some of the tribe’s most ancient pictographs." Mazza also had an experience with the fragrance that will resonate with many perfume aficionados. "The underlying oak scent in Winter Oak is so exactly what it smells like when we trim the trees in late fall, it gave me goose bumps! We are very proud to be part of this fragrance collaboration!"


 New Cave Exhibit

The new exhibit brings a one-of-a-kind "cave" experience depicting a Chumash elder and his apprentice.   The custom designed mannequins are painting pictographs that are representations of actual pictographs found in some of the caves of California.

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How It All Began

The Cave

Photos showing the construction of the new "Cave Exhibit".  It took over a year for Alfred, Edie, and helpers to complete the project.   This included the transformation of the mannequins.

We started with a small area that was originally for vending machines.  Edie starts by attaching poultry wire to the wall that will be the basic shape of the "rocks" and will hold the spray foam that is the base for the rocks. 

The cave details are starting to take shape.  Edie is carving the foam into the "rock shapes".  Lauren, a volunteer intern, is painting the base coat over the joint compound that gives the rocks the necessary base color.

 Moments of humor (it could be the fumes!).  Beginning the final rock color detail.

Alfred and Edie adding the pictograph details. 

The Mannequins


The Elder and his apprentice started out as a department store mannequins.  They are cut (see bottom two photos of repositioned hand), re-posed and filled with foam, wood putty and bondo.  Alfred then sculpts and carves the details in the faces.  After hours of sanding they are finished with several layers of detailed painting.   Here Edie does preliminary painting on the apprentice after our other intern, Julia sanded him getting him paint ready.  Appropiate wigs, clothing and jewelry complete the transformation.







For more information, contact the museum


(805) 492-8076


3290 Lang Ranch Parkway

Thousand Oaks, California 91362


Photography by Sean Mahan

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