Gaspar de Contreras to padre prov. Andres Perez letter on tepehuan unrest and Tarahumara conversion.

Serial Number
040-00111
Title
Gaspar de Contreras to padre prov. Andres Perez letter on tepehuan unrest and Tarahumara conversion.
Author(s)
Contreras, Gaspar de
Date
09-13-1638
Documentation
Santiago Papasquiaro. September 13, 1638. Signed. Transcript.
Summary
Warns Perez Tarahumaras must be missionized quickly despite obstacles because of unrest caused by entrance into Sierra band of Tepehuan rebels led by Don Felipe Cacique de Lope, threatening missionaries, especially fr. Suarez at mission Sape. Notes unrest among Tepehuanes caused by Don Pedro, Brother Felipe, a sorcerer. Describes fantastic acts power, death of Don Pedro. Notes Indian complaints against fr. Suarez made before governor in Parral, including theft Indian land, mistreatment. Complaint attacked on grounds that plenty vacant fertile land existed around Sape, that Indians suffered from hunger because they left land fallow to murder, commit idolatries, that mission rations corn only food available at times. Trusts god will reveal truth to governor concerning matter. Mentions campaign faithful Indians against rebels. (T. Sheridan) (1976)
Persons
Lope, Felipe Cacique de
Barrasa (Capitan)
Suarez, Martin (Padre)
Bonifacio, Alonso (Padre)
Places
Sape
Xacatillo
Parral
San Pablo (Valle)
Ethnic Groups
Tarahumaras
Tepehuanes
First Location
CU-BANC. C-B 840 (Bolton Col.) no. 0262 pp. 0939-0943 Transcpt
Original Location
AGN, Mexico, Misiones, Leg. 0025
Language
Spanish
Notes
Xerox
Batch Reference Number
1862
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