By Douglas Monroy
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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.