Embark on a profound exploration of Chumash heritage with “Six Generations.” Narrated by Ernestine De Soto, a unique link to the past through her female ancestors, the documentary delves into the impact of Spanish arrival in Santa Barbara.
Ernestine’s mother, Mary Yee, the last Barbareño language speaker, collaborated with anthropologist John Peabody Harrington from 1913, creating a narrative spanning three generations over 50 years. Using old drawings, photos, film footage, and interviews, filmmaker Paul Goldsmith crafts a poignant testimony to the resilience of the Chumash people, emphasizing the fierce endurance of the women.
Join us for a screening of “Six Generations,” followed by an insightful Q & A session with Chumash elder Ernestine Ygnacio-De Soto and Professor Kristina Foss (read bios here). Enhance your experience with a curated display on the 1824 Chumash Revolt, offering a glimpse into a pivotal moment in Chumash history. Discover the untold stories, triumphs, and challenges that have shaped the shared heritage of the Chumash people.
free for members at the Individual/Family level and higher,