Ernestine De Soto’s late mother was the last Chumash Indian to speak the native language. The documentary film 6 Generations: A Chumash Family’s History tells the story of Ernestine’s family going all the way back to the year 1769, the year of first contact, when the Spanish arrived in Santa Barbara. Directed by Paul Goldsmith, the film tells in great detail of the sacrifices and struggles of the Chumash people as they tried, and continue to try, to keep their culture alive. It screened at the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and I produced these two pieces as part of my coverage for KDB Radio in Santa Barbara.
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s Great Grandson Makes His Filmmaking Debut in Santa Barbara
- In a Rare Treat, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Comes to Santa Barbara (but without James Levine!)
- Santa Maria Non-Profit Teaches English and Changes Lives
- The Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus Hits the Big Time with La Bohème
- Mind and Body Therapy… on Horses!!