"Lightfoot not only adds a useful text to the study of colonial effects on the Indians of California, but fosters his arguments for the developing field of 'historical anthropology.'" - GLENN J. FARRIS, Jrnl of California & Great Basin Anthropology. "This is a remarkable contribution by an extraordinary anthropologist." - David Hurst Thomas, author of Skull Wars. "A groundbreaking work that will be welcomed by both scholars and the general reader who wishes to understand the role of California's past in shaping its future." - Robert L. Hoover, Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University. "This is essential reading for every California historian and archaeologist and a superb choice for undergraduate classrooms. Lightfoot's authoritative account gives a long-silenced voice to the many Indians of California." - Jeanne E. Arnold, editor of "The Origins of a Pacific Coast Chiefdom."