6 Generations: A Chumash Family's History
Directed by Paul Goldsmith | USA | 2010 | 58min | (Q&A)
A simple but elegant, one-hour film that documents the first people of Santa Barbara - the Barbareno Chumash. Told by the daughter of the last Chumash speaker, Ernestine de Soto, “Six Generation” is a unique story in American Indian history about cultural survival and the human spirit. The film brings together three streams of information: oral tradition that spans 200 years; research from anthropologist John Harrington who studied one Indian family; and intact Mission records. The film recounts Native American stories from the years between the end of the California Mission era in the 1830s and the modern era, a span of time when there was little Indian history being recorded because many of those with native blood tried to hide it. As such, this film is a revelation and a preservation of stories thought lost, about Santa Barbara’s first people. - Russ Spencer
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