Life in a Spanish Mission enables students to experience life in a Spanish Mission as a Native American. The student will learn Spain's reasons for establishing Catholic missions and the impact of the missions on the culture of Native Americans.
This exercise is designed to help students imagine and understand the structured lifestyle of Catholic missionaries and Native Americans living in Spanish missions in early Texas. The students take "vows" of poverty, obedience, and silence to begin the activity. During the activity, students rotate among 8 different stations that portray an activity the Native American Indians and Spanish Monks performed while living at a mission. The activity ends with a discussion in which students share insights gained from the exercise and relate the experience to historical reality.