Cultural Day at Santa Ynez Reservation

This image shows the hand-crafted detail of a cape worn at the Chumash cultural gathering hosted at the Santa Ynez Reservation last November.  While much of the public idea surrounding native culture is often far removed from its actual expression, this gathering offered a glimpse into the creativity of a humble, reverent culture that celebrates the world it’s part of.  Instead of a focus on exhibition, this was about sharing and mutual participation in traditional crafting, dancing, and singing as a means to engage and celebrate the many facets of a created world.

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