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Indigenous Places, Colonized Lives: The Archaeology of Mission Era and Post-Mission Landscapes in California

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium presented by Tsim D. Schneider, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Apr 23, 2018
from 03:10 PM to 04:00 PM

SS&H 273

Conventional approaches to the archaeology of colonialism in California have 
positioned missions, forts, and other colonial sites as settings of indigenous loss. In 
addition to the supposed disappearance of indigenous Coast Miwok people from Marin 
County, highly visible monuments in the present-day continually reinforce stories of 
cultural disappearance. This talk presents ongoing archaeological and historical 
research examining “Indigenous hinterlands” as critical sources of power and places of 
resiliency for native communities confronting multiple phases of colonization. Looking 
first at locations around San Francisco Bay where Native people may have found safe 
harbor from Franciscan missions, the talk will then examine recent discoveries from a 
mid-1800s era trading post at Tomales Bay. Here, Coast Miwok and others continued 
traditional resource gathering practices, they held dances, and they participated in the 
hide and tallow trade. The implications of this project are examined in light of other 
archaeological studies of colonialism within and outside of California, including growing 
efforts to document Native American landscapes and resilient indigenous cultures and 

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