Credit Where Credit Is Due: The History of the Chumash Oceangoing Plank Canoe

  title={Credit Where Credit Is Due: The History of the Chumash Oceangoing Plank Canoe},
  author={Jeanne E. Arnold},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={196 - 209}
  • J. Arnold
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • Economics
  • American Antiquity
Recent publications debate the origins of the Chumash plank canoe (tomol) of southern California. The timing of its appearance is of considerable scholarly interest because of its significant role in the evolution of sociopolitical complexity among the coastal Chumash, who were among the world's most complex hunter-gatherers. This paper closely considers: (a) what constitutes reliable empirical evidence for canoe making and maintenance; (b) the most current estimate for the date of origin of… 
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