Was Father Junipero Serra A Friend To The Indians?

SDSU Panel Discussion
SDSU Panel Discussion
SAN DIEGO - Sept. 10, 2015 - PRLog -- Pope Francis’ scheduled arrival in the United States to canonize the Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra this month has sparked controversy about whether he was a saint or responsible for many deaths of Native Americans.  Author, educator and historian Jim Downs of Oceanside in his book The Real World of Mission San Luis Rey , will discuss the Franciscan’s treatment of Indians in multiple talks this September.  He spent five years researching and writing the book in order to counter extremist points of view about the Mission and the Franciscans as well as the native Americans of the San Luis Rey River Valley.  Downs, who admits he knew little about the Mission before writing the book researched archives and met with archaeologists, authors and Native Americans to educate himself. His book includes the real story of the Mission and Mission Indians from the period of the Spanish arrival and the Mexican and California periods as well.  On Saturday, September 12 at 2 pm Downs will be at Barnes and Noble Oceanside.  The bookstore is located at 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside.   On Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm, Jim Downs will conduct a reading and discussion at Laguna Vista Mobile Estates.  Finally, on Friday, September 18 at 7:15 pm (refreshments will be available  at 6:30 pm), The Old Mission San Luis Rey Historic Foundation will be a guest at the Archaeological Institute of America San Diego Society meeting at SDSU.  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 will include Jim Downs, Iris Engstrand, the editor of The Real World of Mission San Luis Rey and author of over 20 historical titles, and Richard Carrico SDSU Department of American Indian Studies lecturer.  The event will take place at SDSU’s Arts & Letters 101 Auditorium at 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to support the work of The Foundation, the maintenance and preservation of the old Mission and education of the public about Mission San Luis Rey.  The book is available in bookstores or you can order now by going to http://popcornpressandmedia.com/books.

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