Mbuti: Children of the Forest

An Exhibition Sponsored by the Tribal Trust Foundation

Free and Open to the Public through September 15, 2014

8:00 am–10:00 pm, Daily

801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, California download a map

For thousands of years, the Mbuti pygmies have lived sustainably as hunter-gatherers in the Ituri Forest, a tropical rainforest in the northeastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Opening Talk and Reception
Sunday, July 20, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Art Cisneros, Chumash Elder and Tribal Trust Ambassador, will open the exhibition with a traditional ceremony and calling in of the Ancestors. Barbara Savage, President of The Tribal Trust, will speak about her experience with the Mbuti. Dawn Murray, Vice President of The Tribal Trust, will discuss local and global advocacy and ways to support indigenous cultures.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 805.969.3626, ext. 103 or publicprogams@pacifica.edu

Now extremely few in number and facing extinction, the Mbuti are a simple, gentle people. The forest is their life, and they cannot be Mubti apart from it. It provides the materials for their huts and clothing, the plants and animals for their food, and the paints and dyes for their decoration.

The Mbuti’s unique cultural memory of living in harmony with nature offers a model for living sustainably, and is one from which we all can learn.

This photographic exhibition and accompanying short film explore the culture of the Mbuti, the pygmy hunter-gatherers of the Congo Rainforest.

The photographs, taken by Molly Feltner and Eliot Elisofon, provide a window into the lives of a people who have maintained a symbiotic relationship with their environment for millennia.

Unfortunately, the grand ecosystem where the Mbuti live—the second largest rainforest on the planet—is disappearing at an alarming rate. This is a crisis that can be stopped. This exhibition, sponsored by the Tribal Trust Foundation, is intended to encourage global support for the conservation of our valuable natural resources. The Tribal Trust Foundation works to preserve and honor indigenous cultures through education, community, and art projects.

For more information, contact Pacifica's Public Programs Department, 805.969.3626, ext. 103 or publicprograms@pacifica.edu