This excellent book . . . sharpens our understanding of the importance of Indian agency with regard to the impact of colonialism and Christianity in South America. . . . This exceptionally fine book will prove to be highly valuable in courses on Spanish borderlands and colonial Latin American history. By shifting our focus away from the activities of missionaries to studying almost exclusively how Native Americans responded to life in missions, it makes a significant contribution to our understanding of ethnohistory and the borderland of cultures.
—International History Review
Thorough, compelling, and unique in its interpretation . . . Saeger's Guaycuruans are active participants in their historical development, and he provides scholars with a strong example of writing Native Americans back into their history.
—American Historical Review
A laudable piece of scholarship that summarizes the history of a disappearing people . . . a 'must read' for the well-informed anthropologist, historian, and geographer.
—Catholic Historical Review