Here the people have a deep connection to the land that goes far back in time. Richard de Oliva in San Luis speaks of how the Hispanos of the area have long used the system of ditches still used today and have shared the common grazing grounds of La Vega. Ron Rael, in spite of having not enjoyed his childhood in Antonito very much, still comes back and feels connected to his hometown, essentially bound to the deep cultural roots he has there. Cano weaves his own history with that of the valley through his own warped perspective, in doing so capturing the essence of his relation to the valley in a manner outside of the confines of reality. This is a place of cultural strength, a place of cultural continuum.