Thank You Mother Earth
By Donna L Martin
Little Bear could hear the women of the village as they did their morning chores. Voices raised in praise to Mother Earth for bringing them another day from the arms of Father Moon. Little Bear knew it was almost time to go on the hunt, but he lay still amongst the skins and drank in the smell of venison roasting on the spit outside the lodge. He knew he should be proud the elders finally chose him to go with the others so why did his insides tremble so?
Hearing his mother's sharp tongue urging him to hurry, Little Bear slowy crawled out of the tent to meet his breath in the frosty morning air. Joining the other braves as they prepared their horses for the hunt, Little Bear watched the elders as they chanted prayers for a swift kill and a safe return.
Before he could even gather his thoughts, the horses raced across the plains in search of Tahtanka, the great horned beast of the prairie. A good hunt would help Little Bear's people survive the many moons of the long nights when food was scarce and firewood even scarcer. He must show his mother and the elders he was a man now and could provide for the village like the other warriors.
Caught in a daydream, he was startled to hear a loud bellow behind him. Turning just in time to see the bison begin to charge in his direction, Little Bear yelled for his horse to run like the wind as he reached for his bow. "Thank you, Mother Earth, for this chance to prove I am worthy of my people," Little Bear shouted as he quickly took aim...
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