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A Sense of Mission

Historic Churches of the Southwest

Text by Thomas A. Drain,Photographs by David Wakely,Foreword by N. Scott Momaday

11 x 8-1/2 in; 144 pp;
163 color photographs
Paperback
June 2004
ISBN 9780811843140
ISBN10 0811843149

SKU# 9780811843140

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Visually beautiful and historically important, the Spanish missions of the United States are a unique legacy of two very different cultures. Conceived as an expression of the Catholic faith of the European conquerors, they were built and maintained by na...
A Sense of Mission


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A Sense of Mission

Visually beautiful and historically important, the Spanish missions of the United States are a unique legacy of two very different cultures. Conceived as an expression of the Catholic faith of the European conquerors, they were built and maintained by native Americans, who incorporated their own traditions. A Sense of Mission presents 29 of these fascinating and popular churches in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Southern California. More than 150 color photographs feature dramatic exteriors and grounds, altarpieces, statues, carvings, frescoes, and other folk details. The text explores the history of the missions, how they were built, and the meaning behind their symbols, while an introduction by N. Scott Momaday lends insight from the Native American perspective. Visitor information, maps, and an annotated reading list round out this handsome, authoritative guide of more than a decade.

 

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11 x 8-1/2 in; 144 pp;
163 color photographs
Paperback
June 2004
ISBN 9780811843140
ISBN10 0811843149
Thomas A. Drain is an architect and former icon painter who holds a master's degree in theology.

David Wakely is an architectural and travel photographer whose work has appeared widely. He lives in San Francisco.

N. Scott Momaday is a Kiowa Indian writer and the author of several books, including House Made of Dawn, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize.

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