This file contains a typed manuscript entitled "The Story of Candalaria (sic): the Old Indian Basket Maker, as told by her
to George Henley and Dr. Bizzel of the Sespe in 1914." This is a copy made in 1955.
Candelaria Valenzuela (circa 1847-1917) was born circa 1847 on Lord’s Creek, north of the Sespe railroad station, near today’s
Fillmore, Ventura County, California. She was a member of the Sespe Chumash. In her early life she lived the San Buenaventura
Mission. She died in 1915 or 1917, apparently from burns sustained during a fire on Nick Peiranoa's ranch (now the northern
part of Lake Casitas) and died shortly after. Candelaria and her husband lived and worked on the Peirano ranch. According
to the information in Native American Basketry of Southern California at her death at age 79, she was the last living Chumash
basketmaker. A number of her baskets are also in the Ventura Country Historical Museum.George Henley recorded information from and about a Chumash woman, Candelaria Valenzuela, in Ventura County, Calif. in 1912
and 1914. The sound recordings were preserved in 1973 at the Library of Congress. In the collection documentation Henley's
name appears as George A. Henley, George J. Henley, and Geo. Henley.
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