After more than 150 years, finally historians—and perhaps
Californians—are facing up to the horrifying truth that the Indians of
California were subjected to a vicious and genocidal campaign of
extermination from the beginning of U.S. control in 1846 until after the
Civil War. New scholarship shows that Indian slavery was the key
source of labor that helped create the early "economy" of California and
enrich its first settlers. Explore complicated stories of cultural,
religious, and political conflict and assimilation, with both
syncretic absorption and stubborn refusals, not reducible only to the
slave-based rancheria and mission economy.
With Lisbeth Haas (author of Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California), Elias Castillo (author of A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions), and Valentin Lopez (chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribe). Special guest Rose Aguilar (KALW's "Your Call") moderates.