American history has always been told from the perspective of the East and how the population group infiltrated the West. Nathan Masters presents a detailed analysis in the Borderland series, Lost LA, where he provides thought provoking ideas regarding the formation of the American space (Thornton, 2019). By analyzing the lifestyles of individuals from different cultural groups, one encounters interesting facts that expose them to an enabling environment where they can influence people’s attitudes. The documentary highlights the washed history of Los Angeles by engaging the original inhabitants and understanding their perspectives regarding the changes that have taken place over the years.
The Indians were the aboriginals in America while missionaries penetrated the new land using Christianity. Even though the pagan Indians were not interested in the religion, the missionaries used punitive measures that disrupted the lifestyles of the original habitants. Many people might not understand the impact of Christianity on people’s lives but looking at the historical debris that has been left behind, one can only resonate with the different views by indigenous people towards the missionaries (Foley, 2019). Disrupting the Spaniards’ mission by staging a parallel attack, the Indians initiated a revolution that conveyed their undisputed hatred for the missionaries.
The Borderlands documentary highlights the washed history of Los Angeles by engaging the original inhabitants and understanding their perspectives regarding the changes that have taken place over the years. It interviews scholars and remaining descendants of the indigenous population groups in California highlights the impact of Christianity in the U.S. The Spaniards used unorthodox methods to promote Christianity in a community where the Indians aboriginals were hell-bend on pursuing their purpose in life. Observing the transition from native region to a Spanish colony and from a Mexican administrative unit to the sovereign American state portrays the influence of external factors on the perspectives of individuals.
Foley, N. (2019). James David Nichols. The Limits of Liberty: Mobility and the Making of the Eastern US-Mexico Border; Julian Lim. Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the US-Mexico Borderlands; Ana Raquel Minian. Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration.
Thornton, J. (2019). Lost LA.