Book Sighing: Paul Gelles

Join Paul Gelles as he signs his new book, "Chumash Renaissance".

When: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings


"Chumash Renaissance" is a landmark book. Exactly the opposite of the received wisdom about corrupting casino cash, it shows how one California tribe has turned its gaming profits to the project of cultural recovery and revitalization. This helps us to see California, Native America, and the casino revolution in a whole new way."

Orin Starn, Professor of Anthropology, Duke University, and author of Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last "Wild" Indian "Gelles recounts an amazing history of cultural loss and educational marginalization that underscores the significance of the tribe's recent achievements. "Chumash Renaissance" is unique in the literature from the last twenty-five years of tribal government gaming and will appeal to a wide audience." Katherine Spilde, Endowed Chair, Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, San Diego State University Indian casinos are extraordinarily controversial. They have brought great wealth to previously impoverished tribes, but they also generate opposition.

What effects do casinos really have on indigenous people? How do they really affect the larger community? "Chumash Renaissance" answers these questions for one California tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Paul H. Gelles examines how successive waves of colonization have impacted Chumash identity and cultural politics in the Santa Ynez Valley today. Exposing the stereotypes and false assumptions made about the tribe, he shows how the Chumash are overcoming cultural suppression and educational marginalization, how culture and education are interwoven in complex ways, and how the tribe has gained power over its cultural patrimony and heritage.

Informative and illuminating, "Chumash Renaissance" provides an on-the-ground look at Chumash cultural renaissance, the opposition faced by the tribe, and the deeper historical currents and changing cultural politics of rural California today.

Phone: 805-682-6787

Event posted June 25, 2013
Last updated June 25, 2013


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