Lands of our Ancestors by Gary Robinson, is a work of historical fiction based on well-researched historical facts that 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 is suddenly drastically changed by their forced move to a mission. This book, written for fourth, fifth and sixth graders, brings an awareness to the Native American experience during the California Mission Era.
In addition, the Teacher’s Guide for Lands of our Ancestors was designed by native educator Cathleen Chilcote Wallace. The instructional activities meet California State History-Social Science Standards and is an appropriate alternative to the “Mission Project”. The book and guide 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