Roundup: July 10, 2013
Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA
Social Hour: 5:00PM
Speaker: Gabriel Gutiérrez, Ph.D.
Subject: “California Indians on Rancho Azusa: Labor, Consumption, and Historical Agency.”
Gabriel Gutiérrez is this year’s recipient of our Autry Fellowship Award. His presentation this evening will explore the processes and consequences of the “repressive inclusion” of Southern California Indians from the last stages of the Spanish colonial period to the onset of United States industrialization. He will examine the function of Indio vaqueros and conscription of Southern California Indians into the Spanish military as auxiliary troops. Particular attention will also be paid to the emergence of labor contracting and consumerism among Southern California Indians at Henry Dalton’s Rancho Azusa, as well as to an assessment of the rise of criminalization of Southern California Indian cultural practices and behavior.
Dr. Gutiérrez was born and raised in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California. He is the son of long time community activists Juana Beatriz and Ricardo Gutiérrez and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, he holds the positions of Director, Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA) and Professor, Department of Chicano/a Studies at California State University, Northridge. In addition, he produced and hosted the weekly radio show, “The Morning Review with Gabriel Gutiérrez” on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles for six years.
He has published in the fields of California history, Chicano/a history, environmental racism, critical media studies and media literacy. Currently, he is completing “Latinos and Latinas: Risk and Opportunities” (Forthcoming, Greenwood Publishers, 2014). He is also in the final stages of the manuscript, “Bell Towers, Crucifixes and Cañones Violentos: State and Identity Formation in Pre-Industrial California.”
Larry L. Boerio