"Highly Recommended. This is an excellent study of California's historic missions." -CIVC Index
California's 21 missions are the state's most visited historical landmarks. This series, shot entirely on location, offers viewers the complete story of the missions and their impact on the state's development. Click for more
A combined version of 3. California's Heritage - The Missions and 4. Mission Indians is available.
3. California's Heritage - The Missions
As we discover how California's missions are a symbolic representation of a Spanish and Native American cross-cultural heritage that exists today, tradition comes alive! No longer are these buildings of adobe and stone quiet and forgotten relics of the past; as monuments to our ancestors, they preserve memories of California's multi-cultural heritage, which adds a deeper meaning to our lives. Also, to present a tangible custom passed on from generation to generation, this program offers a Latina mother, Imelda Bermejo, who teaches her daughter, Xochitl, how to make a traditional Mexican food, tortillas! For anyone who wants to join in, the Tortilla ingredients include: 2 cups flour; 2 tsp. baking powder; 2/3 tsp. salt; 3 tbsp. lard (or nontega).
4. Mission Indians
The story of California's missions would be incomplete without a study of the Native Americans who were an important part of the mission system established by the Spanish. In this program viewers are introduced to the Native Americans who as a people lived for thousands of years in harmony with nature in this land now known as California. We learn how the lives of the Native Americans who came to the missions as neophytes were regulated by the ringing of the mission bells. We visualize the impact the Spanish arrival had on the Native Americans' way of life and cultural heritage. Also we discover that the missions we visit today are truly a tribute to the backbreaking efforts of these hard-working people. 02/11DE IJSCA 33 min. Also available in English.
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