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Ernestine De Soto is the daughter of the last native Chumash speaker and grandniece of the last pure blood Chumash. She told me that, “90 percent of the 4,000 bodies buried under the walk in the cemetery of Old Mission Santa Barbara — that thousands of tourists traverse every year — are babies, infants who died from measles and smallpox.” Her great-great-great grandmother was in the Chumash village on the beach at Santa Barbara the year the Spanish arrived.

Here’s my new HuffPo blog for Sacred Monsters my new transmedia production with the staff at  Mission and State. It’s a story, videos, interactive timeline and photos.

4,400 Chumash burried

Ernestine De Soto is the daughter of the last native Chumash speaker and grandniece of the last pure blood Chumash. She told me that, “90 percent of the 4,000 bodies buried under the walk in the cemetery of Old Mission Santa Barbara — that thousands of tourists traverse every year — are babies, infants who died from measles and smallpox.” Her great-great-great grandmother was in the Chumash village on the beach at Santa Barbara the year the Spanish arrived.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

She has some suggestions for the hyararchy at the Old Mission, that has a long history of clergy sex abuse of minors.

Federal Judge, Peter Lichtman wrote, “Since 1958, 76 Santa Barbara children have been sexually assaulted by Roman Catholic clergy,” noting that 54 of those children were abused by the friars working at or near St. Anthony’s and the Santa Barbara Mission.

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