Peer Reviewed Academic Articles:
Article entitled “’If They Do Not Fulfill What They Have Promised, I Will Accuse Them’: Locating Indigenous Women and Their Influence in the California Missions” published in the 2020 Fall edition of Western Historical Quarterly. The article examines the lives of two Indigenous women at Mission Santa Cruz: Yaquenonsat and Yuñan. Their stories help illuminate ways in which Indigenous women maintained and exercised power within mission communities.
This article won the 2020 Arrington-Prucha Prize for best essay of the year on religious history in the West.
This article published in the Fall 2018 edition of Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Journal, and was co-written with fellow historian and friend Boyd Cothran. It examines the ways in which Indigenous Californians lives were highly romanticized to fit preconceived notions of American settlers. We discuss the true story of Mission Santa Cruz Indigenous survivor, Justiniano Roxas, who gained international notice in the late 19th century, through a mistaken and fabricated sense of his identity. His true story is much more compelling than the myths that surrounded him.
Non-Peer Reviewed Articles:
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) publishes regular history journals that explore themes about local history. The volume “Do You Know My Name?” focuses on overlooked or otherwise marginalized stories, including two stories that I wrote special for this edition. Please consider buying to read the other stories in this volume or becoming a member of the MAH to support the great work that they do. You can also check out their online exhibit of this journal edition, which includes information from my article on Lino.
This short historical article explores the lives of two individuals involved in the infamous assassination of the sadistic Padre Quintana.
This short historical article explores the story of Macedonio Lorenzana, who arrived in Alta California in the early 1800s as a 10 year old mestizo orphan from Mexico City. The article examines issues relating to race and identity in Spanish colonial California. Macedonio’s son, Faustino, would eventually become one of the most notorious of outlaws. This is the story of their family.
First published book chapter. An early draft of the Padre Quintana assassination story, exploring the interconnections of the Native men and women involved in the act.
2016 dissertation, entitled: No Somos Animales: Indigenous Survival and Perseverance in 19th Century Santa Cruz, California. Focuses on stories of Indigenous rebellion and resistance in the Santa Cruz region throughout the 19th century.
2010 Master Thesis, entitled: “The Americanos came like hungry wolves”: Ethnogensis and Land Loss in the Formation of Santa Cruz. Focuses on stories about displacement of Californio families living in Santa Cruz in the early era of US statehood.
Article “’If They Do Not Fulfill What They Have Promised, I Will Accuse Them’: Locating Indigenous Women and Their Influence in the California Missions” was voted as top two stories from Western Historical Quarterly in 2020.
In Fall 2021, Martin was awarded the Arrington-Prucha award for best essay of the year on religious history in the West for his article, “’If They Do Not Fulfill What They Have Promised, I Will Accuse Them’: Locating Indigenous Women and Their Influence in the California Missions.”
First full length book monograph, entitled: We are not Animals: Indigenous Politics of Resistance, Rebellion, and Reconstitution in 19th Century California. This book examines the history of Indigenous people of the Santa Cruz region.
Praise for We are not Animals:
By Traci Bliss, foreword by Martin Rizzo-Martinez and Mark G. Hylkema
Big Basin Redwood Forest, California’s Oldest State Park shares the epic saga of Big Basin which began in the late 1800s, when the surrounding communities saw their once “inexhaustible” redwood forests vanishing. Expanding railways demanded timber as they crisscrossed the nation. But the more redwoods that fell to the woodman’s axe, the greater the effects on the local climate. California’s groundbreaking environmental movement attracted individuals from every walk of life. From the adopted son of a robber baron to a bohemian woman winemaker to a Jesuit priest, resilient campaigners produced an unparalleled model of citizen action.
Review of Rose Marie Beebe & Robert Senkewicz’ book about Junipero Serra.
Review of Voorhies edited volume on Prehistoric Games of North American Indians.
Review of the book by Terri A. Castaneda.