Flash Fiction #189

Signs

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

I’VE SEEN THE SIGNS

When the Europeans came to North America, the natives did not own the land. They felt the concept to be silly. Land was like the air – ever and unending. Groups might squabble about who could live or hunt on some portion of it, but The Great Spirit had put it there for all to share.

The White Man soon taught them about ownership and possession. Corporations and governments, which also didn’t “own” the land, sold chunks of it to groups and individuals. Soon, the walls went up, and then the fences – first stone, then split rail, and finally, wire fences.

***

Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

***

After the fences came the signs – signs meant “to keep all the other people out, and to keep Mother Nature in.” Click to hear the Five Man Electrical Band decry the restrictive commercialization of our land and society.

Friday Fictioneers

 

15 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #189

  1. neilmacdon says:

    The idea that anyone can own the land is as absurd as the idea that anyone can own the air

    Like

  2. Kalpana Solsi says:

    Power and ownership is addictive and soon the whole land will be ‘conquered’ and native pushed to the brink.

    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2019/05/barbed-fence.html

    Like

  3. jim- says:

    I thought this was supposed to be flash fiction? No fiction here. Nothing to see here folks, move along…

    Like

  4. granonine says:

    What you have written is partially true. The Native Americans did a lot more than “squabble” over what they considered their own lands. They were incredibly creative in the cruelty dealt out to the conquered tribes, and blood was shed in copious amounts as one tribe pushed another out of one area to a less desirable one.

    The nature of mankind is universally the same. Always, all through history, there are the conquered and the conquerors.

    Like

    • Archon's Den says:

      I was being diplomatic – and desperately counting words – when I used that one. In my neck of the woods, Algonquins drove out the Hurons, and the Hurons drove out the Eries – and too many people with ‘White Man’s Guilt’ still believe in the “kind, gentle, wardens of Nature” myth. 😯

      Liked by 1 person

      • granonine says:

        Yes, and it IS a myth. There was plenty of war, bloodshed, disease and misery long before Europeans stepped foot on the shores of the “new world.”

        I appreciate your explanation. I grew up for a time in Minnesota, where the Sioux and the Chippewa chased each other, fought, and massacred each other–so I understand exactly what you’re talking about.

        Like

  5. James McEwan says:

    No one owns the land: it will still endure after everyone has gone.

    Like

  6. Bear says:

    Well said. And then, came the wire cutters… chop!

    Like

Leave a Reply to James McEwan Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s