Pope Francis will visit the United States for the first time this September. One of the significant events of his visit will be the canonization ceremony for Father Junípero Serra, a Spanish missionary to California in the late 1700s. This ceremony by a popular Pope will be the first to take place in the United States. Yet bestowing sainthood on the man who established missions along the California coast and greatly altered the lives of California Indians is highly controversial. While Father Serra has staunch supporters as well as determined detractors, there is no denying the impact of the mission system on the peoples and the landscape of California. Currently on display in the public reading area of the library, these four selections present a diversity of viewpoints on this complicated chapter in California history. Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections.
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The Missions of California : a legacy of genocide
Costo, Rupert and Jeannette Henry Costo, editors
[San Francisco] : Published by The Indian Historian Press for the American Indian Historical Society,  Heard call number E78.C15 M57 1987
Indigenous symbols and practices in the Catholic Church : visual culture, missionization, and appropriation
Martin, Kathleen J., editor
Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Ltd., 2010
Heard call number E98.M6 I53 2010
Converting California : Indians and Franciscans in the missions
Sandos, James A.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2004
Heard call number E78.C15 S26 2004
Digger : the tragic fate of the California Indians from the missions to the gold rush
New York : Crown Publishers, 1997
Heard call number E78.C15 S78 1997