Chapter 5 - The Lost Tribe

Shonnie's mother and sister embody the Native American component of the family heritage. The chapter explores the genetic and cultural amalgam forged between the Spaniards and Pueblo Indians between 1600 and 1800, resulting in the Hispano people. Secret Jews were among the Spanish colonists of New Mexico—the likely source of the mutation. Shonnie's grandmother and cousin talk about the old Indian folkways in Culebra and about Shonnie's fateful medical and religious choices.