Anthropology 2AC Research Report

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Jonathan Lin Anthropology 2AC 12/2/08 Research Report In this dissertation, Colonial Worlds, Indigenous Practices: The Archaeology of Labor on a 19-Century California Rancho, Stephen Walter Silliman has two main goals he is trying to accomplish. One is construct a model in order understand the practice, agency and labor in the 19th century California rancho and the second goal is to find the relationship between colonialism and culture contact in the rancho (Silliman 2000: 2). In California, the ranchos were land that were given to individuals so that they could be used for livestock and agricultural production (Silliman 2000: 7). During the Rancho Period (post-1834) much of the history of California indigenous people vanished be- cause many natives took a leave from the colonial settlements (Silliman 2000: 8). In this dissertation, Stephen Silliman does a study on 19th century California Ranchos in order to accomplish his two goals. Part of this dissertation, Stephen Silliman does a case study on Mariano G. Vallejo’s Rancho Petaluma, which is north of the San Francisco Bay. This case study of the Rancho Petaluma is the epitome for studying the role of practice, agency and labor and finding the relationship between colonialism and culture contact in 19th century California Ranchos. There were four main reasons in choosing Rancho Petaluma for the case study. The reasons are that many California Indian workers resided in the Ran- cho Petaluma, it was one of the biggest ranchos in California, it is controlled by one
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Mariano G. Vallejo, and also it was located in the greater San Francisco Bay area, where there was a high density of Spanish and Mexican settlement (Silliman 2000: 10). Rancho Petaluma was approximately 270 squared kilometers or 66,600 acres
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