Missing truths

Cynthia (Ištá Tȟó Tȟó) Coleman Emery's Blog

Lithograph of Junipera Serra and subjects Lithograph of Junipera Serra and subjects
As a kid growing up in Southern California (we moved overseas when I was 10) we visited missions that dot the west, built by Spanish priests centuries ago.

I remember the missions reverently: made of adobe and tile that cooled the warm air, surrounded by olive and eucalyptus and madrone trees.

When I read this week that one of the mission’s founders is being considered for sainthood, I recalled the cool missions we visited, smelling the fragrance of the shrubs.

Turns out the stories we heard as kids missed a chunk of truth.

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About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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