Lecture series to feature Dr. James A. Sandos

By Julie Tapley-Booth
Special to The SUN

The Center of Southwest Studies and the School of Arts and Sciences announce the ninth installment of the Duane Smith Lecture Series scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Noble Hall 130 at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

This year will feature Dr. James A. Sandos, Farquhar Professor of the Southwest at the University of Redlands in California. Sandos will speak on, “The Mystery of Narciso: An Indian Convert or Rebel at Mission San José, California?”

Sandos poses the question, “Was the Indian Narciso, a lynchpin of Franciscan missionization, a trusted subject, as the priests claimed or was he, as the soldiers saw him, an insurgent against established authority who caused 400 neophytes (baptized Indians) to flee the mission in a single night? Or were Jedidiah Smith and his unauthorized company of traders and trappers the instigators of the Indian flight and planned rebellion against Mexican and Franciscan authority?”

This event is free and open to the public. Call 247-7456 or visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu for more information.

This story was posted on October 10, 2013.