The Bones of the Past

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Ahote believed the recent destruction of his brother home was down to fate. But he still feared that his tepee would suffer the same fate. So as the new chieftain of the tribe he called a meeting. “I as leader of this tribe have decided to travel south away from the pale face warriors and their fire sticks. I will grant freedoms and land to those who travel and fight best alongside me. It is time to up teepees and build a new future. Our ancestors will travel with us in our hearts and guide us.”

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  1. neilmacdon

    Powerful theme. I’m not sure that chiefs would or could ever make such a decision without consultation. Chiefs tended not to be rulers but facilitators of consensus.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil, you are correct about chiefs being facilitators, although I saw this new chief as young and inexperienced,

  2. Violet Lentz

    I have to hope the southerners are more hospitable. Very nice write Michael…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Violet,

  3. Liz Young

    They call them First Nation in Canada – a respectful name for wickedly ill-treated people.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Wickedly is very true in many parts of the world, sadly I have little knowledge about the Canadian First Nation people.

  4. Jelli

    Thank you for such a write, truly. I did enjoy it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I very much appreciate your comment, thank you Jelli

  5. pennygadd51

    The decision to move on must have been one of the most difficult for a chief. You show the mixture of personal and communal motives that influenced his decision.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you penny. My offering this week came out of a piece that I wrote two days ago. Although that story was based in Europe in the seventh century

  6. granonine

    Excellent write, capturing the emotion, determination, desperation of Native Americans.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I much appreciate this comment, thank you so much.

  7. Brenda's Thoughts

    I love the image that their ancestors would guide him as he sought to protect his people. Nicely done!

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is great to get this feedback, as I was unsure with this offering. Thank you Brenda

  8. Kalpana Solsi

    The homeland determines the identity but settlement of people give a homely feeling to a place even in a strange land. Uprooting is not so easy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Up rooting and having to move is very challenging, I am often amazed by how people cope.

  9. StuHN

    Being forced to move, beyond weather conditions, was a horrible thing to experience.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is very true, it must be very challenging to cope with a vastly differing climate

  10. Dale

    It is difficult to have to move on, but hopefully to better situations.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It must be very difficult to move when it is against one desires. I find myself unable to imaging how I would have coped in that situation.

  11. Iain Kelly

    Of course they couldn’t outrun them forever.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly the world is not big enough, I can’t imagine how I would have handled being driven from my ancestors lands

  12. jennifermacaire

    Hopefully they’ll find refuge somewhere!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jennifer for your comment, I can’t imagine how I would have handled being driven from my ancestors lands

  13. Susan A Eames

    You’ve touched on a huge story here. Elegantly done, Michael.

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    1. Michael Humphris

      It is very kind of you to say so Susan. I do not have enough depth of knowledge to write more.

  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I think having to move has been the curse of many Native Americans … in this case they moved on their own accord… other times they were driven away with force.

    1. Michael Humphris

      To often by brute force I suspect, thank you for commenting Björn

  15. anuragbakhshi

    A brutal commentary on forced occupation of the natives’ homeland.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Brutal is true, it is difficult to understand.

  16. draliman

    I fear they have a long way to travel to find peace.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true,

  17. Keith's Ramblings

    A new future but for how long before they get moved on again?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly to soon untill they reach a barren land

  18. Bernadette Braganza

    I hope they have a peaceful time down south.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly most did not, as they generally where driven from a land of plenty to a barren landscape

  19. 4963andypop

    Travel as he might, the pale men and their fire sticks will follow.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly that is true.

  20. lisarey1990

    Very powerful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lisa

  21. Margaret

    A sad story. I fear that Ahote’s optimism and courage won’t be enough for the forces ranged against his people. Well told.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Margaret

  22. Anshu Bhojnagarwala

    Time to look for newer and safer pastures! Good decision by the chief.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It must have been so hard for them to know where to go, what to do.

  23. gahlearner

    A sad story about shattered hopes, great writing, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Gab

  24. Marian Green

    A good write Michael, with so much underlying tension. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Marian

  25. Susie Clevenger

    There are times when the only choice to live is to move on. It was so unfair what our “civil” nations brought upon them.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly at that period so many so called civil nations had a lot to learn. Thank you Susie for your feedback

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