Tony's father explains it best when he says, "We lived two different lives, your mother and I. I came from a people who held the wind as brother, because he is free, and the horse as companion, because he is the living, fleeting wind—and your mother, well, she came from men who hold the earth as brother. They are a steady, settled people. We have been at odds all of our lives, the wind and the earth." The two families are at odd not only because they have had different occupations, but because they have different beliefs. For example, to Antonio's mother, Christianity is very important.