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IN-STORE EVENT: Martin Rizzo-Martinez, We Are Not Animals

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 7:00pm

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Martin Rizzo-Martinez, assistant professor at UC Santa Cruz, for a discussion of We Are Not Animals: Indigenous Politics of Survival, Rebellion, and Reconstitution in Nineteenth-Century California, now available in paperback. By examining historical records and drawing on oral histories and the work of anthropologists, archaeologists, ecologists, and psychologists, We Are Not Animals sets out to answer questions of who the Indigenous people in the Santa Cruz region were and how they survived through the nineteenth century. 

This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz.

Between 1770 and 1900 the linguistically and culturally diverse Ohlone and Yokuts tribes adapted to and expressed themselves politically and culturally through three distinct colonial encounters with Spain, Mexico, and the United States. In We Are Not Animals Martin Rizzo-Martinez traces tribal, familial, and kinship networks through the missions' chancery registry records to reveal stories of individuals and families and shows how ethnic and tribal differences and politics shaped strategies of survival within the diverse population that came to live at Mission Santa Cruz.

We Are Not Animals illuminates the stories of Indigenous individuals and families to reveal how Indigenous politics informed each of their choices within a context of immense loss and violent disruption.

Martin Rizzo-Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Film & Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the history of Indigenous resistance and survival in Santa Cruz County during the 19th century. He has worked closely with Bay Area Indigenous communities, like the Amah Mutsun, in his research and collaborative projects. His book has received multiple awards. Among other media projects, he co-produces a podcast entitled Challenging Colonialism.


We Are Not Animals: Indigenous Politics of Survival, Rebellion, and Reconstitution in Nineteenth-Century California By Martin Rizzo-Martinez, Valentin Lopez (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496238757
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - May 1st, 2024