San Miguel de Arcángel

Native Americans of San Miguel Arcángel

San Miguel was the second mission established in the land of the Salinan people, six years after San Antonio de Padua. The Salinan, thought to number almost 3000 at the time of European contact, were hunter-gatherers . [inline:sm-06-woman-gathering-acorns.jpg=INDIAN WOMAN GATHERING ACORNS]

INDIAN WOMAN GATHERING ACORNS Hutchings' California Magazine, 1859

The Spanish found the Salinan a "friendly and charitable people" who adapted easily to mission life. [inline:sm-07-Cal-Indian.jpg=DRAWING OF CALIFORNIA NATIVE]

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