, 2022-12-20 09:00:00,
In the Southwest, Indigenous people were held in bondage even after the Civil War — a hidden history with lasting scars
“Dad never talked about slavery,” Carlos said, though his own life has been shaped, in part, by that hidden history.
Carlos had always been told that his grandfather was Navajo, but had somehow lost his membership in the tribe. He knew his grandfather’s early life had been hard, violent even. He knew what his grandfather passed down to his father and then his father passed down to him: a heritage of hard work and profound disconnection.
It was Bobby, not Carlos, who yearned to know more. Bobby, now 60, peppered Carlos and Carlos’s late father, Preciliano, with one question after another.
“Sometimes you wonder where you come from. A lot of people tell you, ‘Oh, you look…
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