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Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

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The Making of Rain Cloud

The Indian History of

Lorraine "Rain Cloud" Escobar

Inam Mec Tanotc

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Carmel Valley, California).Upon reaching manhood, Lopostchoschu chose a wife from another village clan and began a family of his own just before their lives would forever change.

By 1770, the Spanish Crown established Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, with the help of the Franciscan brotherhood and Indians from other parts of California and Mexico. As the years passed, the local Indians were being drawn in family by family, village by village. After all, that was part of the plan - conversion instead of outright slaughter.

Four years after the mission was established, Mitchisan and his family came to the mission. He was baptized as Juan de Mata while his wife was baptized as Ponciana Maria. Mitchisan's godfather (padrino) was named Manuel Butron. Although Manuel was a retired Spanish soldier, he was married a young Indian girl, baptized as Margarita, from Mitchisan's home village of Tucutnut. (More on Margarita in "My Grandfather's Story.") Thus the circle begins between these two families.

A year later, Lopostchoschu brought his wife and child to the mission. Although his wife had an Indian name, it was lost at her baptism in 1775. She became Quiteria Josefa while Lopostchoschu became Ubaldo Jose Lopostchoschu. Perhaps hoping to thwart death for his dying mother, he presented her to Junipero Serra for baptism. Serra baptized his mother, as Isabel Maria, the very day she died. Later that same year,

~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

Mitchisan also brought his dying mother to the mission. She was baptized as Ponciana Ysabel and died two days later. Two years later, in 1777, Lopostchoschu and Quiteria had a son, Longino Jose Lopopoche, while they stayed at the mission. Mitchisan and Tippin's daughter was not born at the mission and retained her Indian name, Quetchesh. Longino and Quetchesh were married in 1793.

Four years later, in 1797, after leaving his home of Sargenta-Ruc (now know as Big Sur, California) Mucjai brought his motherless son to the mission). This 11-year old boy was baptized as Salvador Mucjai. Three years later, in 1800, Quetchesh and Longino became

parents to Inez Lopopoche. Sixteen years later, in 1816, Salvador and Inez were married and had ten children. Salvador and Inez were pillars of their own community. Although they were very involved in the ceremonies of the mission, their own Indian traditions were not forsaken. Although many of their children died young, those, who survived, never let go of their Indian identity and kept their sacred songs alive. One of those children was Bibiana Mucjai. Although aged and known by many names, due to harsh times and survival, she graciously sang 25 of her ancestral songs into a wax cylinder recording device in 1902.

Although Salvador boasted about all his children, he lamented that they did not follow in their parents' footsteps and take the best of both worlds. Salvador and Inez's eighth child was Maria Agueda Mucjai. She bore several children to Miguel Manuel Manjarrez, the son of a well-known Spanish pioneer, Jose Graciano Manjarrez. In 1869, they finally married in the

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