Frauds of Colonization.
Narrative script for the video documentary with images, by Christopher A. Brown.
Yucca grows in great abundance where fires have been built over and over.
The fires that burned here were the blazing heart of a beacon guiding people, bringing food for survival.
The beacon would shine between these 2 rocks.
Over this relief carving, a petroglyph of a coyote.
The beacon gleamed from the summit of the coastal mountains across the Santa Barbara Channel to large canoes filled with men hunting sea mammals
During the annual migrations, thousands of Indigenous people came from far away for the bounty of the annual migration. That coastal community of the Indigenous people of the Santa Barbara area had an inland aspect. Together the coastal and inland relationships of the many villages formed the center of culture and society for the california Indigenous people more recently called the Chumash.
The Los Prietos tribe lived in this area near the Santa Ynez river. It was a place where major food gathering was traditionally done, with much seasonal temporary habitation. A winter Solstice shrine had occupied this site until recent years.
Much further up the Santa Ynez river was the village of Najalayegua, north of what is now called Jamison Lake. naxalayw , ........ means unknown. Knowledge of the unknown from the past.
Oral histories kept with deep trance states were recovered from bearers who may have traveled much of the way across the continent to die and release the knowledge of their lives passing before them. One last gift to the living. Knowledge is greatest at the end of life. The people of Najalayegua excelled at bringing coherence and clarity to this recovered knowledge and learned it themselves. Making them "Keepers of the Western Gate" Their knowledge accumulated, and they became informal leaders of ancient America. Young bearers that brought the old bearers, heard deep truths of their people that were compiled into their own developing oral history which they would return to their villages and communities.
Murietta divide was just east of the village of Najalayegua. Each major community had a strip of territory running from the ocean back into the mountains.
The marine counterpart of Najalayegua was in Carpinteria, south on the coast, over the mountains where the Tomol canoes were built and the brotherhood of the Tomol connected Najalayegua to the other villages of coastal California. For thousands of years, life was consistent for these people.
Then came the Spanish colonization.
If not for the great distances, the brutal conquest of colonization's efforts upon people who were primitive in material ways, but very sophisticated in spiritual ways and not warlike, would have been much more devastating.
Through that spirituality, the teachings of religion were accepted by many California Indians. The Missions up and down the coastal communities of California thrived with new support from Spains force in Mexico,
but the Indigenous people suffered greatly. Disease, slavery and separation from their resources as they were displaced from their tribal territories caused deep poverty and hardship.
Missing Knowledge Of Oral Histories