How did native people live at Mission Santa Inés? What languages did they speak? What foods did they eat? How did they dress?
One of the things people often ask about is what life was like on the California missions, especially Indian life. Some of the most important accounts of native life at the California missions come from the Interrogatorio (Questionnaire) that the Spanish Government sent to the priests of the California missions in 1813.
Each mission answered the questions with more or less detail depending on the temperament and experience of the missionaries.
The padres recorded their observations of the life of the native people at the mission and often wrote down what they understood about indigenous customs outside the mission boundaries.
What follows are excerpts from the replies written by Fr. Estevan Tapis and Fr. Francisco Xavier Uría about Native American life at Mission Santa Inés. They wrote wrote their replies in March of 1814.Continue Reading