“… Now is the end, for there is no one else who will build a tomol. They are all dead – those brave men who navigated the sea. I say clearly that the time has come when the canoe brotherhood has ended. Do not hope that the brotherhood will return again, for it will not. It is over….”
From a speech by Saqt’ele (his Spanish name was Palatino) who was a leading tomol-builder from the Ventura area. He spoke of the end of the Brotherhood of the Tomol, the elite society of Chumash boatwrights and crewmen.