From Mission to Metropolis: Cupeno Indian Women in Los Angeles

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Contrary to popular perception, the majority of Indians living in the United States today reside in urban areas. These urban Indians are an invisible minority because their culture is less obvious in the city than on the reservations. Has their "Indianness" been eroded by life in the city and by a lack of tribal culture, or has their ethnicity simply changed in form, been redefined, over time? How do these urban Indians perceive their own ethnic identification? In From Mission to Metropolis, Diana Meyers Bahr ...
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Overview

Contrary to popular perception, the majority of Indians living in the United States today reside in urban areas. These urban Indians are an invisible minority because their culture is less obvious in the city than on the reservations. Has their "Indianness" been eroded by life in the city and by a lack of tribal culture, or has their ethnicity simply changed in form, been redefined, over time? How do these urban Indians perceive their own ethnic identification? In From Mission to Metropolis, Diana Meyers Bahr applies these questions to representatives of a particular group of urban Indians. The "metropolis" is the city of Los Angeles, home to the highest number of Indians of any city in the nation. The Cupenos, with 150 members, are one of the smallest bands of California Mission Indians. Using life-history research, Bahr presents the stories of three generations of contemporary Cupeno women: Anna, Patricia, and Tracie.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bahr, who teaches Native American studies at UCLA, here focuses on three members of an Indian family in an attempt to assess how ethnicity persists in the city. The Cupeno Indians number some 150, and as such are hard to find in Los Angeles, which has the largest population of Native Americans of any American city. Interviewing a grandmother-mother-daughter trio aged 66, 49 and 23, Bahr shows that a traditional interdependent family structure persists. While the family maintains Indian practices of beneficence, the two younger women are more selective than their elder in choosing ``deserving'' recipients of charity. The grandmother claims the gift of divining, but her daughter and granddaughter have a more attenuated relationship with the spirits. Although Bahr concludes that ``Cupeno culture lives in modified form'' in one family, her study is hampered by its limited sample; also, it would be worthwhile to know whether other Cupeenos express the same interest in pan-Indianism. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Sept.)
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Bahr (Native American studies, U. of California) explores the survival of culture among urban Native Americans, based on extensive interviews with three women of the Cupeno tribe living in Los Angeles. She finds that tribal values have emerged as different views of ethnic identity for each of the three. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806125497
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Historical Context: Who Are the Cupeno? 27
Ch. 3 Perceptions of Family and Individuality 63
Ch. 4 Beneficence 91
Ch. 5 The Metaphysical realm 109
Ch. 6 Conclusion 141
Afterword 151
Notes 153
Bibliography 167
Index 179
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