As a newborn, this Indian girl was baptized María Luciana at the Los Angeles Plaza Church in May 1836. Her unbaptized parents were identified as Island Indians. Given the timing of her baptism, María Luciana’s parents could have sailed from San Nicolas Island to San Pedro on the schooner Peor es Nada in 1835. It is possible that María Luciana and her parents were Nicoleños.
DATE OF BIRTH: May 1836 (baptismal record)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, Alta California, Mexico (both parents were Island Indians)
DATE OF DEATH: Unknown
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown
Morris, Susan L., John R. Johnson, Steven J. Schwartz, René L. Vellanoweth, Glenn J. Farris, Sara L. Schwebel. “The Nicoleños in Los Angeles: Documenting the Fate of the Lone Woman’s Community.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 36, 1 (2016).
Last updated: February 7, 2017