Suddenly realizing who my people are and who I am to them

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My niece and nephews recently became full adult members of the Hopi tribe. They have grown up hearing stories, being surrounded by artifacts, and visiting their extended family on the reservation for dances and dinners, ceremonies, and festivals.

My neighbor is Jewish. Every Friday she makes challah and lights her candles with her daughters, and sometimes with other of…