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THE OLD-TIME PEOPLE always told us kids to be patient, to wait, and then finally, after a long time, what you wish to know will become clear. The Pueblos and their paleo-Indian ancestors have lived continuously in the Southwest of North America for twelve thousand years. So when the old-time people speak about “time,” or “a long time,” they’re not speaking about a decade, or even a single lifetime; they can mean hundreds of years. And, as the elders point out, the Europeans have hardly been on the continents of the Americas five hundred years. Still, they say, the longer Europeans or others live on these continents, the more they will become part of the Americas. The gravity of the continent under their feet begins this connection, which grows slowly in each generation. The process requires not hundreds but thousands of years.

The prophecies foretelling the arrival of the Europeans to the

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