June 08, 2016
A new collection of bronze statues have been unveiled at the Chumash Casino Resort.
The casino is owned by the Santa Ynez Band Of Chumash Mission Indians.
The tribe commissioned the art by Dan Chen. He is known as a wildlife and nature artist. It is a way to pay tribute to the tribe's ancestors and their way of life.
There are six statues that are located in the casino's entry way. The statues symbolize the tribe's different attributes.
Tribal ancestor, Maria Solares is depicted with a child sharing a story. This is statue is named Heritage. Another statue shows a tribal elder showing a child how to weave. This is named Tradition. The statue of a mother caring for her baby in a tule cradleboard is named Generations. A bow hunter with a quail is named Provision. A Bear Dancer honors the bear in the statue named Celebration. The largest of the statues represents the tribe facing adversity and how they overcame it. This statue is named Flames Of Victory.
Recently the casino had undergone a $160 million expansion. 215 guest rooms were added to the resort with a new hotel tower. The casino floor was also increased by 75,000 square feet. The pool also has a new 20,000 square foot deck and additional food and drink options. A parking garage for 584 cars was also added.
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