Land of Our Ancestors - Book Three

  • Chapter One – Wearing Disguises

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    Solomol

    “The lands of our ancestors are covered with an ocean of strangers,”

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    Kilik’s father had said before the family left the village known as the Hidden Place.

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    Tuhuy

    “Our continued survival is what’s most important now,”

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    Kilik’s cousin Tuhuy had added.

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  • After Mexican soldiers and ranchers had twice attacked the village, Kilik and his family had realized they’d never be left alone as long as they lived there.

  • So they had to move on.

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    As a matter of fact, all the Natives living the Hidden Place village realized they’d never again be safe there because the Mexican government that ruled Alta California knew where to find the village.

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  • The Mexican military also knew the notorious Native American outlaws Diego and the Falcon had been hiding out there.

  • Diego and his followers decided to move southward to the land of the Tataviam People to escape the dangerous foreigners who had targeted Indians either for enslavement or slaughter.

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    However, Kilik, Tuhuy and the three generations of family with them decided to head in a northeasterly direction.

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  • Kilik’s wife, Kai-ina, was from one of the tribes of Yokuts Indians.

  • Her home village lay across the southern San Joaquin Valley in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

  • They, and Yokuts people in other villages, had somehow managed to remain mostly hidden from the Spaniards and Mexicans.

  • So that was their destination, a hundred-mile trek at least.

  • This journey might require them to move in and out or through Mexican settlements, which could be very dangerous for them— unless they were disguised as Mexicans themselves.

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    Kilik

    “The best way to disguise ourselves as Mexicans is to wear their clothing,”

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    Kilik had told the others.

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    Kilik

    “That means we have to take the clothes off the dead men who attacked us.”

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    The youngest members of the family, Malik and Alapay, didn’t like the sound of that at all.

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