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A Mission Record of the California Indians By Alfred L. Kroeber

A Mission Record of the California Indians

Alfred L. Kroeber

Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook. This book has 33 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1908.


This is a survey taken in 1811 by the Spanish government of Mexico regarding the status of the Native Californians at each mission in Alta California, translated and heavily annotated by A.L. Kroeber. Along with Boscana's account, this one of the few glimpses we have of the Native Californians, when pre-contact individuals were still alive. The accounts vary from friar to friar, but some are very detailed and mention completely unknown placenames and languages. Most notably, this includes one of the few published accounts of the elusive Esselen people, who inhabited the Big Sur coast.

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