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Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants by Kent G. Lightfoot
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May 05, 12

bookshelves: anthro
Read from February 28 to March 01, 2012

This book gives a concise material history of colonialism in California which, as a CA transplant, I needed and appreciated...but that was all I got. The author's analytic categories and driving questions (i.e. who was "worse" - the Russian colonialists or the Franciscan missionaries -???) seemed odd, unnecessarily rigid, and totally irrelevant to the (really worthwhile) political project he advocates at the end . It was neat to see the ways archaeologists go about imagining the past, but this particular imagination left me unsatisfied.

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