Night of the Full Moon

By Gloria Whelan

The evening of the complete moon is imminent and Libby Mitchell can't wait! not anything will cease her from vacationing her ally, Fawn, on the close by Indian camp and attending a different rite there. while infantrymen rush in and order every person on the camp to maneuver off the land immediately—they mistake Libby for a member of the tribe! As on a daily basis passes, Libby wonders if she's going to ever see her kin back.

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I’m now not an Indian,” I insisted. I forgot how basically an hour prior to i used to be longing to be one. “My identify is Libby Mitchell. ” The soldier was once now not being attentive. He used to be staring at Indians who had rifles slung over their shoulders. “Why won’t you pay attention? ” I cried, grabbing his reins. “I’m no longer an Indian! I don’t are looking to be an Indian! ” all at once I had an concept. “I’ll convey you the costume and sneakers I got here in. ” “You most likely stole them,” the soldier acknowledged. He snatched the reins out of my fingers and rode off to take the rifles from the Indians. I grew to become to Sanatuwa. i used to be shaking. It wasn’t simply what used to be taking place to me. It was once what was once taking place to them all: Fawn and her father and mother and the entire individuals of her extended family. Sanatuwa shook his head. “I am sorry, yet i will be able to do not more now. i'm the okama, the chief of my humans. it really is my responsibility to determine to my extended family, yet i have never forgotten that once a disease approximately took my daughter, your mom nursed her again to overall healthiness. She kept my daughter’s existence. i can't permit her lose her daughter. ” one of many Indians ran as much as Sanatuwa to invite anything. He nodded, taking a pouch from less than his blouse. From the pouch he drew anything unusual. It appeared like the dried head and neck of a bald eagle. Fawn observed me looking at it. She whispered, “It is the sacred package, the pitchkosan, which holds the facility of our extended family. ” A wagon rolled as much as the camp. one after the other the moaning ladies and weeping childrens climbed in with their baskets. Fawn and Menisikwe, sporting Megisi, bought in. i assumed, If I climb into that wagon i'm going to by no means see Mama and Papa back. i started to run towards the woods and the trail that might take me domestic. A soldier got here cantering after me. i may listen him calling, yet I stored operating. A second later he swept me up onto his horse. the pony reared and he squashed me opposed to him to maintain me from falling. i attempted to inform him i used to be Libby Mitchell. “I don’t care what your identify is,” he acknowledged. “An Indian is an Indian. ” I hit him with my fists. He in basic terms laughed at me. i used to be livid that he didn’t think me. I bit his hand, and he dropped me onto the floor. whilst he observed me commence towards the woods back he pointed his rifle at me. “Get into the wagon! ” he shouted. I climbed into the wagon with the ladies and the opposite little ones, and the little procession pulled away, led by means of squaddies. subsequent got here the Indian males on their ponies after which our wagon. the remainder of the warriors undefined. I appeared over my shoulder. every little thing frequent was once disappearing. I clung to the wish that by way of dinner Papa may omit me. however it used to be many years until then. in addition to, I had informed him i'd be within the contrary direction—across the pond. He might think I bought misplaced selecting berries. He might by no means think about trying to find me on the Indian camp. even if he heard what occurred to the Indians he may don't have any cause to imagine i used to be with them. quickly i'd be miles and miles clear of Papa and Mama. The wagon jogged alongside a path so slender that the tree branches scraped its facets. prior to us the Indian males have been silent.

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