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Narratives of Persistence

Indigenous Negotiations of Colonialism in Alta and Baja California

Lee Panich (author)

ISBN: 9780816543229

Publication Date: May 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Based on fifteen years of archaeological and historical research, Narratives of Persistence charts the remarkable persistence of the Ohlone and Paipai alongside a synthesis of Native Californian endurance over the past five centuries.
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The Ohlone of the San Francisco Bay area and the Paipai of northern Baja California occupy opposite ends of the spectrum of Native Californian identities. Or so it would appear. While the Ohlone lack popular recognition and official acknowledgement from the United States government, the Paipai occupy a large reserve and celebrate their ongoing cultural traditions throughout Baja California and southern California. Yet the two groups share a similar colonial history: entanglements with early European explorers, labor and enculturation at Spanish missions, and sustained interactions with American and Mexican settler colonialism.

Based on fifteen years of archaeological and historical research in the two regions, Narratives of Persistence charts the remarkable persistence of the Ohlone and Paipai alongside a synthesis of Native Californian endurance over the past five centuries. As the case studies demonstrate, Ohlone and Paipai people made intelligent and culturally appropriate choices to cope with the impact of colonialism on their communities, even as they took different pathways to the present day.

Lee M. Panich illustrates how changes in Native identity and practice within these colonial contexts were made to best conduct the groups' lives within shifting sets of colonial constraints. He draws connections between the events and processes of the deeper past and the way the Ohlone and Paipai today understand their own histories and identities, offering a model for how scholars of Indigenous histories may think about the connections between the past and the present.

Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2021
Publisher The University of Arizona Press
Series Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in the Americas
Subject/s Archaeology   History of the Americas   Indigenous peoples   Social & cultural anthropology   Colonialism & imperialism   Sociology: customs & traditions  
Lee M. Panich is an associate professor of anthropology at Santa Clara University, specializing in the archaeology and ethnohistory of colonial California, particularly the Spanish mission system. He is co-editor with Tsim D. Schneider of Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions.

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