But Hood’s sketch was partly inspired by another migration--a forced one. Hood, made a connection between the plight of illegal immigrants and his ancestors that were caught between Kit Carson’s soldiers and the Navajos’ determination to remain in their homes in the 1860s.
“[In the] stories from my tribe there is a history of my tribe being rounded up like cattle, and I have heard stories of people running away from soldiers and things like that.
“So, a lot of them died along the away. Some of that came to mind, imagining some of those things. It’s something deep within the mind, soul and the heart that comes to life and you have this awareness,” said Hood, who still calls the Navajo reservation in northeastern New Mexico home despite living in San Diego for nearly 30 years.
Below: Navajos fleeing from soldiers during the Long Walk?