Bryan Young takes us into the trees for a look at the wookiees of the Star Wars saga over at StarWars.com.

Chewbacca has been everyone’s favorite first mate since Star Wars hit cinema screens more than 40 years ago. And in that time, much has been learned about Wookiees, the species to which he belongs. I’m not even sure where I originally learned that during the time of the Empire, Wookiees had been enslaved, but it became a critical part of my understanding of the galaxy. In this new era of Star Wars, we’ve been given a lot more to the story and this installment of The Playlist will take you through what we know about the plight of Wookiees over the years.