martedì 2 novembre 2021

Stati Uniti
Planned tribute aims to honor Chumash dead at Ventura mission

(Ann Rodgers - Angelus)
Beneath a 99-year-old building at Mission Basilica San Buenaventura lies an abandoned cemetery with the remains of about 3,000 Chumash Catholics who died between the mission’s founding by St. Junípero Serra in 1782 and the mid-19th century. Now, the pastor of the mission is working with Chumash leaders and an archeologist to identify and commemorate the dead. It is “time to formally address this as a point of reconciliation and healing with the Chumash people,” said the pastor, Father Tom Elewaut. In 1862, with the cemetery at capacity, all headstones and the remains of perhaps 1,000 people were transferred to a new cemetery. But most of the Chumash had been buried without coffins, wrapped in cloth, which was their tradition. (...)