International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 467–488 | Cite as

Assessing the Diversity of Mission Populations through the Comparison of Native American Residences at Mission Santa Clara de Asís

  • Lee M. Panich
  • Helga Afaghani
  • Nicole Mathwich


Mission establishments in Alta California and elsewhere were home to complex, pluralistic communities in which native peoples actively but differentially negotiated aspects of colonialism through daily practice and the reinterpretation of identity. To explore these issues, we compare the archaeological evidence from two different indigenous dwellings at California’s Mission Santa Clara de Asís: an adobe barracks and a native-style thatched house. In particular, we consider possible differences between the dwellings’ inhabitants in terms of relative status, ethnolinguistic affiliation, and re-articulation of indigenous traditions.


Colonialism Identity Tradition Missions California 



We appreciate the effort of all of the students who contributed to this project: the field school participants, lab assistants, and students in SCU archaeology courses. Thanks to Linda Hylkema, Lisa Kealhofer, Amy Shachter, and Rafael Ulate for supporting student involvement in campus archaeology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee M. Panich
    • 1
  • Helga Afaghani
    • 1
  • Nicole Mathwich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA
  2. 2.School of AnthropologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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