The Russian Molokan Colony at Guadalupe, Baja California: Continuity and change in a sectarian community.
AuthorMuranaka, Therese Adams.
KeywordsMolokans -- Mexico -- Valle de Guadalupe (Baja California) -- History.
Russians -- Mexico -- Valle de Guadalupe (Baja California) -- History.
Committee ChairThompson, Raymond H.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMigration, ethnicity and cultural pattern are reviewed. The research questions how accurately the prehistoric archaeologist can interpret migration and ethnicity by means of a review of the modern migration of a group of Russian sectarians to Baja California, Mexico. Excavations undertaken in seven households at different levels of assimilation with their Mexican and Indian neighbors suggests that material culture does reflect ethnicity under these best of all archaeological circumstances. A methodology for the determination of prehistoric migrations is suggested. It concludes that "cultural pattern" is a more useful concept than "ethnicity" in the determination of archaeological migrations.