exTANt: sound history of the Santa Cruz tannery

Yulia Gilich & Kathleen Aston

exTANt is a collaboration between public historian Kathleen Aston and media artist Yulia Gilich. exTANt traces historical linkages between communities who lived and worked in the area throughout the centuries: local Indigenous peoples, former Salz Tannery workers, and the Tannery Art Center live/work artists. Through oral history interviews, archival materials, and poetic soundscapes, exTANt considers the impacts the site has had on the workers, residents, and environment. Learn more at extanttannery.com read less


Colonialism: The Great Disruption
Mar 6 2023
Colonialism: The Great Disruption
This episode is an exploration of how colonialism shaped the history of the site on which the Santa Cruz Tannery (now the Tannery Arts Center) is situated. The Awaswas-speaking Uypi tribe and their ancestors lived on these lands for thousands of years and were the first tanners along the San Lorenzo River. While tanning was a prominent feature of local Indigenous life, Indigenous people did not domesticate the animals – it was the Spanish colonizers who introduced cattle to California and made tanning on the industrial scale possible. Yulia Gilich and Kathleen Aston talk about the parallel processes of colonization that European settlers unleashed on the Indigenous people and the environment. The episode highlights the ongoing nature of colonial violence against Indigenous people and introduces histories of Indigenous resistance to and rebellion again that violence.Learn more about and donate to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust https://amahmutsun.org/land-trustFollow updates about and join the actions to protect Juristac https://www.protectjuristac.orgThe episode features quotes from a variety of individuals, scholarly works, and archival materials. Interviews featured include:Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal BandMartin Rizzo-Martinez, historianAnn Hazels, Director of Radius GalleryHeejin Lee, Tannery Live/Work ArtistLinda Cover, Tannery Live/Work ArtistTom Hogye, former Salz Tannery employeeMatt Lezin, former Salz Tannery Vice PresidentJesse Autumn, former Tannery Live/Work ArtistMartin Devecka, Professor of Classical StudiesMike Reedy, former Salz Tannery employeeYou hear excerpts from Dr. Martin Rizzo-Martinez’s book “We Are Not Animals: Indigenous Politics of Survival, Rebellion, and Reconstitution in Nineteenth-Century California.”Learn more on our website http://extanttannery.com