Old People

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A general reference to a people's ancestors, who are typically understood to be a repository of wisdom and experience, upon which the younger generations can, and should, draw, whether through meditation, sometimes prayer, and by learning traditional ways.

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"Santiago "Old Man" Fernando, Laguna Pueblo, NM, circa 1950," photograph by Lee Marmon. Lee Marmon Pictorial Collection (2000-017-B11-F079-1). Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.

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