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Title 6 generations / stories 1-4 written by Ernestine De Soto, John R. Johnson, Ph. D., stories 5-6 written by Ernestine De Soto ; produced, directed, and photographed by Paul Goldsmith ; Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014


Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 57 min.) : sound, color
Summary Ernestine De Soto is a Chumash Native American whose mother Mary Yee was the last speaker of her native BarbareƱo language. In 6 generations, her family reaches back to the days the Spanish arrived in Santa Barbara and made first contact. Ernestine tells this history from the perspective of her female ancestors, making her a unique link with the past. Famous anthropologist John Peabody Harrington, whose work focused on native peoples of California, started research with her family in 1913 and continued with three generations for nearly 50 years. This inspired Ernestine's mother to begin taking notes and, combined with mission records (which survived intact from the late 1700s), they form the heart of this story. Because of these circumstances, her story, possible only in California, is unique in America. The impact of loss of land, language, culture and life itself is made all the more clear as this story is told in Native American voices, who describe the events as they experienced them. Ultimately, it is a story of survival and the fierce endurance of Ernestine's ancestors, particularly the women. A film by Paul Goldsmith. Filmmaker: Paul Goldsmith, ASC
Notes Title from title frames
Credits Editor, Jim Edwards ; music, Snuffy Walden
Performer Ernestine De Soto, John R. Johnson, Kristina Foss
Event Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 2011
Subject De Soto, Ernestine Ygnacio.
Yee, Mary J., 1897-
Chumash Indians -- California -- Santa Barbara -- Biography
Indian women -- California -- Biography
Indian women -- North America -- Biography
Chumash Indians -- History
Indians of North America -- California.
Chumash Indians.
Indian women.
Indians of North America.
California -- Santa Barbara.
North America.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Documentary films.
Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Goldsmith, Paul (Cinematographer), film producer, film director, director of photography.
Johnson, John R. (John Richard), 1949-
De Soto, Ernestine Ygnacio.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, production company.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), publisher.
Other Titles Six generations