Gaspar Contreras, et al. To padre prov. Andres Perez letter describing Tarahumara land and customs.

Serial Number
040-00109
Title
Gaspar Contreras, et al. To padre prov. Andres Perez letter describing Tarahumara land and customs.
Author(s)
Contreras, Gaspar de
Date
08-05-1638
Documentation
Santiago Papasquiero. August 5, 1638. Signed. Transcript.
Summary
Describes entrance many Tarahumaras into fertile valleys San Pablo, San Ignacio. Notes Former life without towns, devotion to warfare. Describes present reduction into pueblos; conversion; construction irrigation ditches (acequias); planting; weaving; work for Spaniards; peaceful, docile existence. Describes fertility valleys; presence arable fields/acequias; number/size fish in rivers; Mineral wealth mountains; presence silver mines. Mentions sale maiz, firewood in Parral. States there are 3 pueblos Tarahumaras, 2 pueblos Tepehuanes almost as tame. Notes presence, advocates conversion gentile Indians in mountains. Description active system directed culture change. Signed by 4 other missionaries. (T. Sheridan) (1976)
Persons
Fonte, Julio (Padre)
Moranta (Padre)
Sangueta (Padre)
Estrada, Nicolas de (Padre)
Larios, Min (Padre)
Diaz, Gabriel (Padre)
Suarez, Martin (Padre)
Heredia, Julio de (Padre)
Figueroa, Guillermo de (Padre)
Contreras, Gaspar de (Padre)
Perez, Andres
Places
San Pablo (Valle)
San Ignacio (Valle)
Parral
Tepeguanes (Mision)
Ethnic Groups
Tarahumaras
Tepehuanes
First Location
CU-BANC. C-B 840 (Bolton Col.) no. 0262 pp. 0944-0947 Transcpt
Original Location
AGN, Mexico, Misiones, Leg. 0025
Language
Spanish
Notes
Xerox
Batch Reference Number
1863
Rights
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