“‘This is where we come from, see. This sand, this stone, these trees, the vines, all the wildflowers. This earth keeps us going […] These dry years you hear some people complaining, you know, about the dust and the wind, and how dry it is. But the wind and the dust, they are part of life too, like the sun and the sky. You don’t swear at them. It’s people, see. They’re the ones. The old people used to say that droughts happen when people forget, when people misbehave” (Silko 42).
Josiah tells Tayo about the connection that natives have to the land. Josiah feels that this connection is “worth more than money” (Silko 42). It is more important to know about your culture and where you come from. The Native Americans are connected with everything from the “sand” to the “wildflowers”. The earth that they have grown up on “keeps [them] going”. The earth realizes this connection too and acts accordingly. The “dry years” that the people are experiencing is intertwined with how the earth is responding to the people. The wind and the dust “are part of life too”. The drought is not the fault of the wind and the dust, but the peoples fault for not remembering where they come from. Josiah says that “droughts happen when people forget, when people misbehave”. Native American people are forgetting their stories, forgetting where they come from and what is important. The land is reacting to this.