On visits to nearby petroglyphs, her father would explain their history, while her mother situated them in legend. “I always had this relationship between the scientific and the cultural,” said Cruz.
But at school, this kind of knowledge was mocked.
“One day they asked us what we wanted to be when we were big,” added Cruz. “I said that I wanted to be an archaeologist. But the teacher said that I should forget it, because Indians were only fit for giving birth.”
Twenty years later, Cruz is an anthropologist and curator at the Gustavo Paige archaeological museum – and she has played a key role in a project bringing together archaeologists, historians and astronomers to help solve a 500-year-old enigma.