Chumash Village opens Saturday at Leonis Adobe Museum, Woodland Hills

A new Chumash Village will be dedicated this Saturday at Leonis Adobe Museum in Woodland Hills during a "California Tribal Gathering" of family fun. The Chumash, also known as the Tongva, inhabited a dozen settlements across the San Fernando Valley. The new exhibit includes three authentic dwellings, or ‘aps,’ built by Chumash Indians and Boy Scouts from tule reeds gathered at Malibou Lake.

The Saturday afternoon celebration features an authentic recreation of a historic village, cultural displays, vendors, food, jewelry artists, storytelling and music. T Alfred Mazza and Graywolf, curators of the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks, will provide performances, as will Chumash storytellers and bird singers.

The Leonis adobe, built in the 1840s, was later inhabited by Miguel Leonis and his wife, Espiritu, daughter of a Chumash chief. According to historians, Miguel Leonis was a powerfully built Basque smuggler and local hooligan who ruled the region until he fell off a wagon while drunk in the Cahuenga Pass.