Native Americans
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6 Generations
Ernestine De Soto is a Chumash Native American whose mother Mary Yee was the last speaker of her native Barbareno 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…
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Sheep Eaters, Part 1- Trading and Tools
Program 1 - Trading & Tools: This film examines the skills of tanning, flint napping and bowmaking among the Sheep Eaters, who utilized dogs to help them travel and gather resources. The spectacular Wind River Mountain Range of northwest Wyoming was once home to a little known but fascinating band…
Sheep Eaters, Part 2- Plants & Minerals
Program 2 - Plants & Minerals: The Sheep Eaters relied heavily on the plants they could gather for medicinal and edible uses, often cooking food in a unique soapstone vessel. The spectacular Wind River Mountain Range of northwest Wyoming was once home to a little known but fascinating band of…
Sheep Eaters, Part 3- Shelters & Petroglyphs
Program 3 - Shelters & Petroglyphs: The Sheep Eaters followed migrating big horn sheep and utilized caves and cliff overhangs for shelter, only building wood-pole structures--wickuips--where no natural shelter was readily available. Rock art, associated with vision quests are also examined. The spectacular Wind River Mountain Range of northwest Wyoming…
Sheep Eaters, Part 4- Hunting & Fishing
Program 4 - Hunting & Fishing: The tribe used wooden traps and bows to harvest the big horns. Fish spears, baskets and fish traps helped bring fish to their families. The spectacular Wind River Mountain Range of northwest Wyoming was once home to a little known but fascinating band of…