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Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California

Lisbeth Haas


This book argues that despite the physical dislocation and death the missions represented, they became sites of indigenous authority, memory, identity, and historical narration. Becoming Indian in California involved being renamed and reclassified as indio and neofito and receiving the status of a minor under the law, confined to a mission except when given a pass. But within the missions, native translators, artisans, and traditional and new leaders used native forms of authority, knowledge, and power to seek redress and to sustain the community. Native painters influenced the narrative space ... More

Keywords: indigenous history, colonial Latin America, missions and empire, California Indians, California history, indigenous sources, nineteenth-century Mexico, colonial saints, decolonizing methodologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276468
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisbeth Haas, author