Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-330) and index.
What they brought : the Alta California Franciscans before 1769 / Rose Marie Beebe, Robert M. Senkewicz -- Franciscan Missionaries in late colonial Sonora : five decades of change and conflict / José Refugio de la Torre Curiel -- "Raise your sword and I will eat you" : Luiseno Scholar Pablo Tac, ca. 1841 / Lisbeth Haas -- Identity through music : choristers at missions San Jose and San Juan Bautista / James A. Sandos -- Becoming Californio : jokes, broadsides, and a slap in the face / Louise Publos -- Genetics and the Castas of colonial California / John R. Johnson, Joseph G. Lorenz -- Fantasy heritage : California's historical identities and the professional empire of Herbert E. Bolton / Albert L. Hurtado -- A new borderlands historiography : constructing and negotiating the boundaries of identity / David J. Weber -- Identities and the usable pasts of colonial borderlands : Spanish historians and the North Pacific frontiers of the Spanish empire / Sylvia L. Hilton.
Spanish California--with its diverse mix of Indians, soldiers, settlers, and missionaries--provides a fascinating site for the investigation of individual and collective identity in colonial America. Through innovative methodologies and extensive archival research, the nine essays in this volume reshape our understanding of how people in the northernmost Spanish Borderlands viewed themselves and remade their worlds. Essays examine Franciscan identity and missionary tactics; Spanish and Mexican settlers' identity as revealed in mission records, family relationships, political affiliations, and genetic origins; and Indian identity as shown in mission orchestras and choral guilds as well as in the life of a Luiseño who penned his own remembrance of the Spanish conquest of Alta California.--From publisher description.