Chumash Trails Day: A Walk Through The Park To Celebrate Indigenous Peoples | Homes and Lifestyle
Posted on October 17, 2021
| 8:43 am
A participant in Chumash Trails Day wears a T-shirt with writing in Barbareño, one of the Chumash languages. (Courtesy photo)
The Montecito Trails Foundation (MTF), along with the Tribal Trust Foundation and Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians, hosted Chumash, Old Trails, New Soles Trails Day on October 10 in Lower Manning Park to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. and the local Chumash Indians.
Messages recognizing the ancestral lands of the Chumash people and sharing a hopeful message of collaboration and friendship were delivered by Kristine Sperling, MTF Board Member; County Supervisor Das Williams; Barbara Savage, founder of the Tribal Trust Foundation; Eleanor Fishburn, President of the Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians; and Art Cisneros, Elder Chumash and Keeper of the Fire.
Participants then took part in hikes around the Montecito area, guided by new maps created for the event that invite hikers to spot flora and fauna on the trails.
Cisneros read Chief Seattle’s founding speech from “Brother Eagle, Sister Sky,” by Susan Jeffers, emphasizing the quote: “We know the Earth doesn’t belong to man, man does. To the earth.
Chumash Trails Day was funded by a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation. For more information, visit www.montecitotrailsfoundation.info/chumashhistoryinthefrontcountry.