Californiaas earliest European colonistsaRussian merchants and Spanish missionariesadepended 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 pastaincluding little-known oral histories, native texts, ethnohistory, and archaeological excavationsato present a vivid new view of how native cultures fared under these two colonial systems. Kent Lightfootas 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 venturesaone primarily mercantile and one primarily religiousacontributed 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 Californiaas past and its role in shaping the state today.This richly detailed book brings together disparate skeins of the pastaincluding little-known oral histories, native texts, ethnohistory, and archaeological excavationsato present a vivid new view of how native cultures fared under ...
|Title||:||Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 2004-10-30|