Aug. 5, 2015
-- The Old Mission San Luis Rey Historic Foundation will be a guest at the Archaeological Institute of America San Diego Society meeting at SDSU on September 18, 2015. The foundation has put together a panel of authors to discuss, What really happened to the San Luis Rey area Indians after the arrival of the Franciscans at the Old Mission San Luis Rey-- From 1767 to 1875? The panelists include Jim Downs, the author of the book The Real World of Mission San Luis Rey, Iris Engstrand, the editor of the book and author of over 20 historical titles, and Richard Carrico SDSU Department of American Indian Studies lecturer. Each will talk about the wide variety of views on Father Serra, the Franciscans, and the plight of the Luiseno and Kumeyaay Indians. Points of discussion will include questions like, •Were the Indians better off with or without the Franciscans?
•Were the Indians and their cultures doomed with the arrival of the white man? •Is it fair and accurate to call the Indians primitive before the arrival of the white man? •How successful was secularization in freeing the Indians from the control of the missionaries?
•How did Mission San Luis Rey compare with other California missions? •What evidence is there that the local tribes were not just hapless victims or passive participants but rather agents of change and culturally persistent? The evening will begin with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will start at 7:15 and end at 9 p.m. The event will take place at SDSU. The auditorium location will be available in early September after the semester starts. Please check http://aia-sd.org/
under upcoming lectures for exact location after the semester begins.