THE WENDS OF TEXAS; The smallest ethnic group of all

This little historical fragment — or one quite similar to it — buried in an obscure tome on Texas folklore, caught Sylvia Grider’s eye one afternoon while she was browsing. And it made her stop short.

“I had thought I was a pretty well-versed folklorist, especially in Texas cultures,” she recalls, “but I had certainly never heard of any immigrant group called the Wends.”

Neither had most other people.