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Join the conversation between professor and author, Lisbeth Haas and Archivist of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Director of Academy of American Franciscan History, Jeffrey Burns, about Professor Haas' new book, Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California.
In the book Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California Lisbeth Haas shows how the missions became sites of Indigenous authority, memory, and identity, even as they also brought tremendous devastation to native Californian societies along the coast. She depicts how Indian writers and painters captured that history. In a book reading and conversation, the author and Jeff Burns will discuss these new ways of seeing the California missions. They will also talk about the political history of Indian citizenship that transpired during the Mexican era in California.
About the author, Professor Lisbeth Haas:
Lisbeth Haas has written extensively on California history and is a professor of history and Chair of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a historian she is interested in new sources of knowledge about California. Her most recent book Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California draws upon the writings of a Luiseño Indian writer Pablo Tac, who was born at mission San Luis Rey, colonial Indian paintings, and other Indigenous and archival sources to better understand early California. She published the writings of Pablo Tac and a history about him called Pablo Tac: Indigenous Scholar Writing on Luiseño Language and Colonial History c. l840.
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