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Tataviam Mortar and Pestle
Rancho Camulos Museum

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Three artifacts (or sets of artifacts) from the Rancho Camulos Museum collection were professionally packed up Feb. 17, 2017, and shipped to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, for inclusion in the "Many Voices, One Nation" exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

The new permanent exhibit, which opens June 28, 2017, "presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled and created the culture of the United States." The artifacts from Rancho Camulos are expected to be on display three years or more.

The artifacts include the late 18th-century red sacred heart from the 1860s Camulos chapel; the original wooden cross from the Del Valle family's chapel garden at Camulos; and a mortar and pestle attributed to the Tataviam people who lived in the Piru area and maintained a village on the (later) Rancho Camulos property until 1803 when they were removed to the San Fernando Mission.

It is not known whether this mortar and pestle were found on the Rancho Camulos property or at another location in the Piru area. Rancho Camulos Museum director Susan Falck said (pers. comm. 2017) they were donated by a museum volunteer prior to her tenure. (They were not among the grinding tools found in 2014 in August Rubel's pre-1943 museum in the winery.)

TV1703: 9600 dpi jpegs from digital images by Jessica Boyer. Photographed Feb. 17, 2017.

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