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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Mariah D. Wade

Associate Professor Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Mariah D. Wade



Ethnohistory; archival research and methodologies; Native Americans in Texas, Mexico, and the greater southwest

LAS 391 • Spanish Missions

40485 • Spring 2012
Meets W 200pm-500pm SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANT 384M )
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The course addresses the development of the mission as an institution from its beginning through the secularization process. The focus will be on the Franciscan missions in northern Mexico (Coahuila), Texas and California (1600s through 1800s). We will discuss the Laws of the Indias regarding the enslavement of Native Americans, the concept of “reducción” in light of the policies of Christianization, Catholic rituals and their impact on Native American groups, daily routines, the politics and economics of the use of the Native American labor force, and gender issues related to role assignments and division of space. We will consider the differences between the Jesuit and Franciscan ethos and its influence on missionary work and the institution, particularly the differences between missions for agriculturists and those established hunting and gathering Native populations.

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