The Mirror of Cultural Identity

On a sunny March afternoon, I awakened from a dreamy cat nap. I had fallen asleep on the leather sofa to which my back was now stuck with sweat. But it wasn’t the sweat that had awakened me. It was the chatter coming from the kitchen a few feet away. My grandfather, a Sioux Native, was hosting a Native American…

The Best Stickgame Tournament of My Life

A stickgame tournament was scheduled at the Nespelem Colville Confederated Tribes powwow at the Colville Tribal Indian Agency near Nespelem, Washington, and I wanted to get in. The powwow is held during the 4 th of July Independence Day every year. There is a big free feast on the 4 th at the powwow grounds and hundreds of people attend….

Rabbit’s Tale of River

It was a good day to relax in the woods. Everyone felt the warm sleepy breeze from the south. In this place of dreams and slumber, it was a well-known fact that time ran backwards; instead of aging things, it gave a child’s call to come out and play. In this place, there was also a wind that loved to…

Henry’s Last Will and Testament

The old man was bent and gnarled from years of hard work. His hands were callused, long and lean. In his youth his hands once had so many uses. Now he could hardly button his shirt. Today seemed to be worse than other days, though. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t seem to steady them. As he tied…

High Alaskan Adventure

The forest fires of Alaska were burning blazes the size of Hawaii and Rhode Island all over its interior. It wasn’t anything new, but still they called for every single available resource from the lower 48. I was on the Lolo Interagency Hotshot Crew at the time, and on the crew with me was one of my best friends; his…

Noel

“It’s colder than it need be today, right, Noel?” I look at the girl, but she doesn’t respond. My eyes are tired from the night’s cold, and I shut them, which silences the passers for the moment. I open my eyes, as I feel the cold, coming from the very core of her being. She squats beside me, all day…

The Monkey Man

A long time ago there was a traveling circus that used the old-time covered wagons. Well, I guess they had an accident with a train one day, and there were animals lying all over the place. They finally got all the wounded animals and put them into the undamaged wagons and left. Meanwhile there were two little Indian boys walking…

The Broken Promise

“All that I ask of you, dear husband, is that you never push my head in anger.” Before he left for the hunt, Black Hawk went to his cousin, Yellow Bird. “Will you, my cousin, look after my wife and unborn child while I am away?” asked Black Hawk. “I will ask no other.” “I will, my cousin,” replied Yellow…

Scream Of The Eagle

The warrior scanned the dust on the horizon from the cliff overlooking a small, winding canyon, enclosed on both sides by jagged walls of stone. He knew that they had to come through the old trail; it was the only way. But that wouldn’t be for hours. He sat down and removed some dried meat from the satchel he carried…

More Than An Elk Hunt

“Is this really happening?” I asked myself as I edged nearer the side of the mountain. The scream of the wapiti cut through me like a knife and startled me into action. I knelt and drew back my bow, all the while wondering if my ten-year pursuit of the elusive Rocky Mountain elk was nearly at an end. The day…