Who are your people? Where did you grow up? Are you from around here? Where did you go to school?
These are the familiar questions that come up early in encounters with people we don’t know. In one sense, these are opening lines in polite conversations. In another sense, these are initial probes in discovering what tribe they belong to.
If the new person we meet is African American, Asian, Hispanic or they are all decked out in orange with tiger paws – these are outward signs of their tribal identity that are clear to everyone.