Where are the First People? http://madisonwoods.wordpress.com/flash-fiction/desolation/


Dawn Boy looks at days bright light and washes his tears in the wind.
Changing Woman slows.
Monster Slayer and Born For Water call. “They have lost the Ways. They cannot hear your pain. Come mother time to move on.”
She was never one to abandon her children but which to save?

Her hand raises and The Rainbow Road appears, Turquoise Boy and Corn Girl dissolve upon it.
The rest move on but she holds back to say. “Tend them Coyote they are now in your charge.” Her words echo as she fades away.
A lonely howl rises in the distance.

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14 thoughts on “Where are the First People? http://madisonwoods.wordpress.com/flash-fiction/desolation/

  1. TheOthers1

    I love Native American pieces. They always have an ancient otherworldly feel to them that I find very attractive. I’m curious as to what exactly is going on. Is someone in trouble specifically? I feel like I’m just missing the message (I can’t sleep so it may be insomnia blocking me here). I am very intrigued though. 🙂

    My attempt: http://unduecreativity.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/the-beautiful-hush/

    • These are Navajo deities their ceremonies are called WAYS or SINGS they communicate with the powers through them. Sadly the Navajos are losing this part of their culture. None of their youth are stepping up to learn the things needed to continue these traditions

  2. I’m intrigued as well – it seems as if this is the end to a larger piece. Lovely though. http://kaitlinandmichaelbranch.com/2012/06/01/friday-fictioneers-5/

  3. There are a lot of characters here, but it doesn’t feel weighed down in the least. A skilled weaving.

  4. Interesting piece, and I love the ‘washes his tears in the wind’.

    Ours is here http://www.lazuli-portals.com/flash-fiction/time-is-running-out (160 words)

  5. A fine and interesting take on the prompt. A pity the culture may die out. Mine is here: http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/fridayfictioneers-my-pilot/

  6. Loved this. Replete with sadness and the lingering echo of that which we are slowly losing. I cannot fathom why we let this happen. how many languages are gone, cultures, people, and to what end?



  7. This felt almost Native American to me, sorrowful but still magical.

    Here’s mine: http://thebradleychronicles.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/flash-fiction-friday-an-addiction/

  8. I’d never imagined Coyote being one to care for lost children, but now I think about it, there’s a sense there. Who else would understand the ones who strayed?


  9. Such a sense of loss. And whatever will become of the traditions left in Coyote’s paws?? Not the most reliable guardian!

    My story – http://newpillowbook.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/friday-fictioneers-caravan/

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