Friday Fictioneers–7 March 2014

Copyright--Danny Bowman

Copyright–Danny Bowman

This is the photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers. Here’s my 100-word story:

The Promised Land

Watching the cattle graze, Losingo’s mind raced with news of the impending move. The Masai were promised this land forever. Would his family be forced out? He’d heard stories of land taken, given to others. Inhabitants were moved to another promised land, one that could not sustain them. Their animals and children soon died. Would this be the demise of his loved ones? What choice did they have? They could stay here, surrender their animals, and sell beads and dance for tourists. Maybe they could earn enough to move to America. Surely its government wouldn’t force families onto reservations.

Looking at the photo, Woody Guthrie’s song kept playing in my head.
This Land is Your Land. (click for lyrics)
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47 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers–7 March 2014

  1. Sad what we humans do to other humans in the name of progress and civilization-why are we so judgmental,deeming one way of life to be superior to another?A poignant piece Patti.

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      • In the late 1830s, American President Andrew Jackson forced the Cherokees to give up their lands east of the Mississippi River and move to Oklahoma. It was disastrous for the tribe and became known as The Trail of Tears for the hardships experienced by the people, many of whom died. Your story reminds me of this one, especially your last line.

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  2. This is great and a real commentary on this type of legalized land grab. I was recently in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana where the bushmen are being forced out – so fracking can take place. Young men at the reserve gates selling beads, arrows, porcupine quills. Sad sad sad.

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  3. Of course America wouldn’t do such a wretched thing. We’re the land of the free… unless someone else wants that land! (Some of the reservations out here quite obviously not prime pieces of land…)

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  4. Lovely and powerful, though sad, story of injustice done to Native Americans. Makes you understand why Custer’s troops were killed. It reminds me of the heartbreaking book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”

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