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By Douglas Monroy

Every California schoolchild's first interplay with historical past starts off with the missions and Indians. it's the pastoralist photo, after all, and it's a lasting one. teenagers in trouble-free college pay attention how Father Serra and the monks introduced civilization to the groveling, lizard- and acorn-eating Indians of such groups as Yang-na, now la. So edified by means of heritage, a lot of these teenagers drag their mom and dad to as many missions as they can.
Then there's the opposite facet of the missions, person who a mural adorning a discounts and mortgage place of work within the San Fernando Valley first confirmed to me as a baby. On it a kindly priest holds a wide move over a kneeling Indian. For a few cause, although, the padre it sounds as if goals to not bless the Indian yet particularly to bludgeon him with the brand of Christianity. This portrait, too, clings to the reminiscence, shooting the severe view of the missionization of California's indigenous population. I carried the 2 youth photos with me either while I went to libraries as I researched the missions and whilst I revisited a number of missions thirty years after these relatives journeys. during this paintings I continue neither to dubunk nor to reconcile those opposite notions of the missions and Indians yet to provide a brand new and, i'm hoping, deeper knowing of the advanced interplay of the 2 antithetical cultures.

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These ways can never be adopted in other worlds; each culture has had to weave its own fabric and then ensure that no threads are pulled. Southern California Indian culture was no exception to this pattern. 9 Though noticeably unfree to the industrialist and commodity-oriented personality, Indian ways largely stood the test of time; they had lived successfully with the land. One example of this success is revealed in the exasperated complaints of many Europeans about the fleas. " Yet Indian people seem to have had the problem solved.

Title : Thrown Among Strangers : The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California author : Monroy, Douglas. publisher : University of California Press isbn10 | asin : 0520082753 print isbn13 : 9780520082755 ebook isbn13 : 9780585181561 language : English subject Indians of North America--California, Southern--History, Mexican Americans--California, Southern--History, Acculturation--California, Southern--History, Frontier and pioneer life--California, Southern, California, Southern--Race relations.

Clusters of these houses formed the geographic underpinning of native Californian social organization. Surely the different peoples had no nations, though they did have headmen. Each largely patrilineally hereditary chief bore the name of his village followed by -pik (yang-na-pik, for example). Whereas non-Indians are accustomed to watching their political leaders accumulate goods, or to persons having become Page 13 leaders because of their previous accumulations, an Indian bigman traditionally often gave away his own, or apportioned all of the people's, largesse.

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