Monday, August 10, 2015

Mission and Tacos Ten

Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara felt coherent. Maybe it's the result of having been been continuously occupied. Or maybe it is just the nice consistent font on the signs.

It seems thoughtfully curated.  It was a nice start to a foggy day.

Santa Barbara
 Saint Barbara was an early Christian saint. Her father killed her for being a Christian. As punishment for this, he was struck by lightning on the way home and his body was consumed by flame. That is a vivid way to explain about divine retribution.

At this museum the Chumash have names. And their artistic accomplishments are noted with names when available. 

Work of Chumash artisans

By Paciaro Guiljahichet, Chumash stone

It said "please touch".

When the Chumash uprising at the three missions was described at Santa Barbara the flogging that started it was described as "severe". A small difference but it says a lot to me.

Prokhor Yegorov, a Russian fled with the Chumash after the uprising. The Russians were settling in northern California so were natural rivals with the Spanish. As the sign said "it is intriguing to consider whether Yegorov was a Fort Ross deserter or a Russian agent." Yet another Western movie that needs to be made.

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