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Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants: The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers

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Californias earliest European colonists—Russian merchants and Spanish missionaries—depended heavily on Native Americans for labor to build and maintain their colonies, but they did so in very different ways. This richly detailed book brings together disparate skeins of the past—including little-known oral histories, native texts, ethnohistory, and archaeological excavations—to present a vivid new view of how native cultures fared under these two colonial systems. Kent Lightfoots innovative work, which incorporates the holistic methods of historical anthropology, explores the surprising ramifications of these long-ago encounters for the present-day political status of native people in California.

Lightfoot weaves the results of his own significant archaeological research at Fort Ross, a major Russian mercantile colony, into a cross-cultural comparison, showing how these two colonial ventures—one primarily mercantile and one primarily religious—contributed to the development of new kinds of native identities, social forms, and tribal relationships. His lively account includes personal anecdotes from the field and a provocative discussion of the role played by early ethnographers, such as Alfred Kroeber, in influencing which tribes would eventually receive federal recognition. Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants takes a fascinating, yet troubling, look at Californias past and its role in shaping the state today.

Synopsis:

"This is a remarkable contribution by an extraordinary anthropologist."—David Hurst Thomas, author of Skull Wars

"A groundbreaking work that will be welcomed by both scholars and the general reader who wishes to understand the role of California's past in shaping its future."—Robert L. Hoover, Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University

"This is essential reading for every California historian and archaeologist and a superb choice for undergraduate classrooms. Lightfoot's authoritative account gives a long-silenced voice to the many Indians of California."—Jeanne E. Arnold, editor of The Origins of a Pacific Coast Chiefdom

About the Author

Kent G. Lightfoot is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Prehistoric Political Dynamics: A Case Study from the American Southwest (1984), among other books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Dimensions and Consequences of Colonial Encounters

2. Visions of Precolonial Native California

3. Franciscan Missions in Alta California

4. Native Agency in the Franciscan Missions

5. Russian Merchants in California

6. Native Agency in the Ross Colony

7. Missionary and Mercantile Colonies in California: The Implications

8. The Aftermath

9. Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520249981
Author:
Lightfoot, Kent G.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Missions
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 b/w illustrations, 11 maps, 2 tables
Pages:
355
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 17 oz

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"This is a remarkable contribution by an extraordinary anthropologist."—David Hurst Thomas, author of Skull Wars

"A groundbreaking work that will be welcomed by both scholars and the general reader who wishes to understand the role of California's past in shaping its future."—Robert L. Hoover, Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University

"This is essential reading for every California historian and archaeologist and a superb choice for undergraduate classrooms. Lightfoot's authoritative account gives a long-silenced voice to the many Indians of California."—Jeanne E. Arnold, editor of The Origins of a Pacific Coast Chiefdom

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