Should El Camino Real be honored?

Should El Camino Real be honored?

Radical Indian leaders oppose efforts by California Mission Foundation to have route linking state’s missions declared a UNESCO Heritage Site


El Camino Real historic marker

The following comes from an August Amah Matsun article by radical Cathy Castillo:

A proposal by the California Mission Foundation to have the state’s famed El Camino Real route declared a UNESCO Heritage Site is being bitterly opposed by left-wing state Indians who said it would only “honor and glorify the brutal conquest” of Indian lands.

“Our tribe and many other California Tribes impacted by the California Mission system oppose this effort,” said Valentine Lopez, chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians [I never heard of that tribe – AQ moderator Tom]. El Camino Real originally linked California’s 21 Franciscan missions, that were a day’s horseback ride apart.

He was joined in his opposition by Antonio Gonzales, the regional representative for the radical American Indian Movement, who stressed that in too many cases the foundation has undermined the credibility of ownership of the “original peoples of those lands and trails.” The foundation also supported sainthood for Serra without considering the brutality that he imposed on California Indians.

Also joining the protest was left-wing Elias Castillo, author of A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions. “Unless the truth is clearly explained,” Lopez stressed, “El Camino Real should not become a World Heritage Site. Too many Indians died from the inhumanity of Serra and the Franciscans.”

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2 comments on “Should El Camino Real be honored?

  1. I drive on the El Camino Real highway fairly frequently and what AIM misses is the point made four centuries ago by Franciscans and Jesuits on the hardheaded viciousness of certain Indians who (like hardheaded Romans, Greeks, Huns, etc., long before) had refused to give up their obscene lives and receive Baptism.

    The Missions here are truly something to be experienced. They are beautifully maintained by the state and the irony is that Mass (albeit NO) is offered in the original churches!


    Put that in your peyote pipe, Belching Wolf, and smoke it!

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