To consider the interplay of near-poverty life and ethnic pride is the purpose of this volume. The essays prepared for this publication reflect a wide range of experiences and opinions. The language is different, sometimes scholarly and sometimes abrupt and earthy, like the cry of a soul which has been robbed of a part of its humanity. There is a link, however, binding the various articles and writers, who express here their own views with directness and feeling. All the essays grouped in this book are pieces of a dream. They envision an open society where individuals and groups are free to value their different lifestyles and are strong enough to accept the differences.