Chumash Indian Museum


                           What's New


 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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