"Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier." -Charles F. Kettering
Life in America began with migrations many thousands of years ago and many Native peoples consider their people to be here from "time immemorial."Migrations and encounters have resulted in innumerable forms of individual and group interaction. "Migration and Immigration" includes stories of people's movement and change and also the formation of family and community, each of which evolve according to cultural norms, historical circumstances, and environmental contingencies.
The nature of communities is varied, dynamic, and complex. Ethnic homelands are a special type of community that existed before incorporation into the political entity known as the United States. For example, many Indian sites, such as Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona, are on tribal lands occupied by Indians for centuries. Similarly, Hispanic communities, such as those represented by San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, had their origins in Spanish and Mexican history. Distinctive and important regional patterns join together to create microcosms of America's history and to form the "national experience."