Ultima: An elderly curandera, a healer endowed with the spiritual power of her ancestors. Ultima is a complex and odd character. Ultima’s power is often misunderstood by the community. Many people refer to her as a bruja, or evil witch. Even Antonio is confused about the moral nature of Ultima’s power—no one knows if she is truly a witch. Ultima is a firm believer in tolerance and understanding, however, and she teaches Antonio that different belief systems can offer equally valid ways of understanding the world.
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