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Born and raised in Kerala in Southern India, it was a combination of factors that conspired to rouse my interest in Native American history. In school, the Salesians had provided ample opportunity to read popular stories and watch western movies that invariably depicted the native people as ruthless savages who deserved to be mercilessly destroyed. While completing my Masters in English Literature, my elective was American Literature, again exposing me tangentially to Native American history and culture. The true interest in Native Americans was kindled once I had immigrated to the United States. While studying for my Masters at the University of San Francisco and after settling down in the Bay Area with my wife and two sons, I had the occasion to travel around the country and come into indirect contact with native reservations and settlements.