Art Cisneros - Ritual and Storytelling
The Chumash People are the original native peoples of the central California Coast. Art holds the sacred space for their annual Tomol crossing to Limu on the Channel Islands. His spiritual name means “Earth Man with a Good Heart” and he truly embodies these virtues. Art also speaks throughout the US for the indigenous voice and for those who have no voice. He offers fire ceremonies at his home for the Santa Barbara community and also offers healing and cleansing ceremonies. Art connects the participants to traditional storytelling that informs their personal, contemporary narratives, further linking past to present culture from a non-Eurocentric perspective. As a Native American elder, he offers an opportunity to the collaborators to negotiate their identities in terms of indigenous Californian heritage. Please see his web site: http://www.sacredearthfound.org/art.shtml.