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Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

One Book, One University 2022-2023


Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

by Deborah A. Miranda

This historiographical memoir combines personal, familial, and tribal stories with attention to how historical narratives are told and by whom. Deborah A. Miranda writes about her Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen family and the broader experiences of indigenous people in California. She tells the story of the brutality and legacies of the California mission system through mixed genre, combining historical records, newspaper clippings, and letters with personal and family memoir. The book is richly layered, moving, and conceptually conveys the importance of historiography and the power of stories in changing perspective.


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