Friday, November 15, 2013

"Saints and Citizens"

New from the University of California Press: Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California by Lisbeth Haas.

About the book, from the publisher:
Saints and Citizens is a bold new excavation of the history of Indigenous people in California in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, showing how the missions became sites of their authority, memory, and identity. Shining a forensic eye on colonial encounters in Chumash, LuiseƱo, and Yokuts territories, Lisbeth Haas depicts how native painters incorporated their cultural iconography in mission painting and how leaders harnessed new knowledge for control in other ways. Through her portrayal of highly varied societies, she explores the politics of Indigenous citizenship in the independent Mexican nation through events such as the Chumash War of 1824, native emancipation after 1826, and the political pursuit of Indigenous rights and land through 1848.
Read Chapter 1 of Saints and Citizens.

--Marshal Zeringue