496 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 33 illus., 7 figs, 38 tables, 4 maps, appends., notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5654-3
Published: October 2005
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-3901-0
Published: January 2017
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Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Awards & distinctions
2007 W. Turrentine Jackson Award, Western History Association
2006 Hubert Herring Book Award, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies
2006 James Broussard Best First Book Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
2006 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory
2006 Norman Neuerburg Award, Historical Society of Southern California
As colonization reduced their numbers and remade California, Indians congregated in missions, where they forged communities under Franciscan oversight. Yet missions proved disastrously unhealthful and coercive, as Franciscans sought control over Indians' beliefs and instituted unfamiliar systems of labor and punishment. Even so, remnants of Indian groups still survived when Mexican officials ended Franciscan rule in the 1830s. Many regained land and found strength in ancestral cultures that predated the Spaniards' arrival.
At this study's heart are the dynamic interactions in and around Mission San Carlos Borromeo between Monterey region Indians (the Children of Coyote) and Spanish missionaries, soldiers, and settlers. Hackel places these local developments in the context of the California mission system and draws comparisons between California and other areas of the Spanish Borderlands and colonial America. Concentrating on the experiences of the Costanoan and Esselen peoples during the colonial period, Children of Coyote concludes with an epilogue that carries the story of their survival to the present day.
About the Author
Steven W. Hackel is associate professor of history at the University of California Riverside.
For more information about Steven W. Hackel, visit the Author Page.
"A significant contribution to the varied and controversial literature on the evangelization of the native populations in California."--Missiology
"A bold and compelling account of the effect of Spanish rule on native peoples in Alta California. . . . Makes an important contribution to borderland and California histories as well as to the larger field of Native American History. . . . A new standard for California mission history."--Catholic Southwest
"An extraordinary book about the missions of California and the Indians who lived there. . . . A powerfully written narrative."--Journal of Anthropological Research
"The best recent study on the California missions . . . well worth reading."--Journal of American Ethnic History
"Hackel's lively book is filled with copious details and engaging statistics. . . . Fascinating."--Catholic Historical Review
"A significant reinterpretation of North American colonial history. . . . [Hackel's] findings . . . are poignant."--Muse