Jacalitos de Tule: Weaving Stories of Domestic Life at San Gabriel Mission

Author(s): Heather Gibson; John Dietler; Alyssa Newcomb

Year: 2018


Archaeological research at San Gabriel Mission over the last decade has greatly increased our understanding of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish mission enterprise in Southern California at a grand scale, illuminating the interplay between its key communities and industries. The archaeological discovery of a rare domestic context—the floor of a Native American house—allows us to explore issues of identity and production at a household scale. We examine material evidence related to house construction, renovation, and abandonment, as well as domestic craft production and subsistence, alongside contemporary, firsthand accounts and representational art, to create a more personal narrative of Native American life within a major colonial institution. Weaving together archival and archaeological sources, the resulting household biography illuminates little-known aspects of domestic life at the mission, including details of household composition, craft production, provisioning, and animal companionship.

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Jacalitos de Tule: Weaving Stories of Domestic Life at San Gabriel Mission. Heather Gibson, John Dietler, Alyssa Newcomb. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441191)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1041