Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants
The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers
By (author) Kent G. Lightfoot
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Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants by Kent G. Lightfoot
Book DescriptionCalifornia's 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 Lightfoot's 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 California's past and its role in shaping the state today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520249981
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kent G. Lightfoot
California Indians and Their Environment, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Kent G. Lightfoot
Tells how the California Indians lived in vibrant polities, each boasting a rich village life including chiefs, religious specialists and master craftspeople. This book emphasizes how these communities interacted with the state's varied landscape, enhancing its bountiful natural resources through practices centered around prescribed burning.
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Author Biography - Kent G. Lightfoot
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.
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