Friar Geronimo Boscana
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Pages (PDF): 72
Publication Date: This translation by Alfred Robinson, 1846
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Chinigchinich is an ethnographic account of the culture and religious beliefs of the native Californians in the vicinity of the famous mission San Juan Capistrano. Boscana was a bigot and a racist (he describes the Indians as being like monkeys). However, he lived among them for decades and obviously had an inquisitive mind and a talent for observation. While he condemns the practices and beliefs of the indigenous people, he describes them in great detail. Barring a time machine, this is the only first-hand account of mission-era Juaneños we will ever have. This translation of Boscana was the first book ever published by an American about California; it is extremely rare.
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