Lands of our Ancestors, Books 1-3 by native author Gary Robinson, is a work of historical fiction based on well-researched historical facts. Book 1 depicts the events that occurred when the Spanish priests and soldiers arrived at a Chumash village more than 200 years ago. The story centers on twelve year old Kilik, his eleven year old cousin Tuhuy, and their families as their culture, traditions, and way of life are suddenly drastically changed by their forced move to a mission. In Book 2, the characters have grown and have families of their own. This book follows the families through their challenges in the Mexican Rancho Era. Book 3 finds the family dealing with the devastation of the Gold Rush and early years of California statehood. These books, written for fourth, fifth and sixth graders, bring an awareness to the Native American experience during the California Mission Era, the Mexican Rancho Era, the Gold Rush and early California statehood.
There are Teacher Guides to accompany each book. The Teacher’s Guide for Lands of our Ancestors, Book 1 was designed by native educator Cathleen Chilcote Wallace. The instructional activities in all three Teacher Guides meet California State History-Social Science Standards and offer appropriate alternatives to the “Mission Project”. The books and guides can be used across the curriculum and are approved by the Chumash Culture Department.
The book and guide can be ordered from:
Tribal Eye Productions, P.O. Box 1123, Santa Ynez, CA 93460