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Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar

Writing on Luiseño Language and Colonial History, c.1840

Pablo Tac

Publication Year: 2011

This volume makes available a remarkable body of writings, the only indigenous account of early nineteenth-century California. Written by Pablo Tac, this work on Luiseño language and culture offers a new approach to understanding California’s colonial history. Born and raised at Mission San Luis Rey, near San Diego, Pablo Tac became an international scholar. He traveled to Rome, where he studied Latin and other subjects, and produced these historical writings for the Vatican Librarian Cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti. In this multifaceted volume, Pablo Tac’s study is published in the original languages and in English translation. Lisbeth Haas introduces Pablo Tac’s life and the significance of the record he left. She situates his writing among that of other indigenous scholars, and elaborates on its poetic quality. Luiseño artist James Luna considers Tac’s contemporary significance in a series of artworks that bring Pablo Tac into provocative juxtaposition with the present day.

Transcribed by Marta Eguía, Cecilia Palmeiro, Laura León Llerena, Jussara Quadros, and Heidi Morse, with facing-page translation by Jaime Cortez, Guillermo Delgado, Gildas Hamel, Karl Kottman, Heidi Morse, and Rose Vekony

Published by: University of California Press

Cover Page

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

...We, the people of the San Luis Rey Band ofMission Indians fromOceanside, California, are honored to have the opportunity to share the history and culture of our people.We still live on land that is the territory of our ancestors, from the ocean to the mountains.We have experienced and survived both natural and manmade challenges through ten thousand years of sustainable living. We see ourselves as being here from the beginning of time. Our creation story is here...

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xvi

...I turned to Pablo Tac’s manuscript in „‚‚‚ to read the entire work on microfilm while writing an indigenous history of colonial and Mexican California. This forthcoming book places native categories of analysis and source material at the center of my thinking. But as I became familiar with Tac’s writing, and read each part of the manuscript in relationship to the other, new questions emerged...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xx

...Many people collaborated on this book and made it possible. I chose scholars to transcribeTac’smanuscript who love literature and language. Marta Eguía and Cecilia Palmeiro transcribed the entiremanuscriptwith expertise, care, and perseverance. Laura León Llerena edited the Spanish- Luiseño transcription. Her work on indigenous colonial writing in Peru enabled her to better understand the intellectual...

Part One: Introduction

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The Life and Writing of Luiseño Scholar Pablo Tac, 1820-1841

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pp. 3-40

...As a historian and scholar, PabloTac defied the dominant ideas expressed about Luiseños and other indigenous people under Spanish colonialism. His work used categories of analysis such as “dance” that offered an indigenous way of understanding Luiseño society during the colonial and Mexican eras in California, fromƒ‰ˆ‹ to ƒŠ†Š. Born atMission San Luis Rey de Francia in ƒŠ„‚,Tac devised...

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Fasten Your Seat Belts, Prepare for Landing: The Travels of Payomkowishum Art Warriors

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pp. 41-56

...I am on my way to Venice to make art. I stare out of the jet plane window as we cross over the Alps and the border between Switzerland and Italy. I think that it is amazing how mankind can learn to exist in most any environment and create a culturewithin that territory. Iwonder about history and why there seems to be only one history, the history of the dominantWestern world—when there so are many histories growing at once all over the world...

Part Two: The Manuscript

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Pablo Tac’s Luiseño Grammar and History

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pp. 59-214

...This book attempts to provide an exact reproduction of Pablo Tac’s writing as found in his manuscript at the Biblioteca comunale dell’Archiginnasio, Bologna. In the present section (grammar and history), Tac’s Latin, Spanish, and Luiseño text is transcribed on the left-hand pages, with English translation of the Latin and Spanish on the right-hand pages. In the following section (the dictionary), the text...

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Pablo Tac’s Luiseño-Spanish Dictionary

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pp. 215-262

...The contents of Tac’s three dictionary booklets are listed below, with folio numbers of the manuscript given in the margins of the page. We preserve Tac’s format of listing Luiseño on the left followed by a dotted line to Tac’s Spanish translation. English translations of Tac’s Spanish have been added on the right. We have also retained his order, which is not strictly alphabetical, and his occasional repetition of entries...

Index

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pp. 263-267

Production Notes

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p. 268-268


E-ISBN-13: 9780520950290
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520261891

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2011