Fifth Grade, November 21, 1996
It looked like they were trading a white boy for guns and food. The Apaches left and they gave the white boy to my family He was taught to hunt and to ride horses . His name was Jesus . Sometimes we would play by a stream or go jack rabbit hunting and sometimes we would see rattle snakes and we would kill them. My grandfather said they were bad luck.
I understood Jesus's language but later on he ran away and did not come back for a while. When he came Jesus told me that the Apaches tried to kill him he had a large gash on his leg from a spear But he was all right. When he was older he had a companion. Jesus and Blue Fox girl had children. They built a hogan and moved away from the violence because the Long Knives started a war in the village. Blue Fox girl was in labor at the time so I led them out of the war.
When I got back my parents were dead and our hogan was burnt down. All that was left of it was a sheep bell . I got very mad and walked back to Jesus's hogan. On the way I found a child alive and well. She was not hurt. I carried her to Jesus's hogan. They gave her food and she wanted to live with them so she lived with them .
After a while the little girl was not a little girl anymore. She was considered a woman from now on. Her name was Turquoise Flower. It wasn't long before a group of Long Knives came to the hogan. Jesus and I did not know what was going on for a while and then for no reason they took Turquoise Flower away. That was the last time we saw her.
I was in shock so we packed up and me and Jesus left. We traveled for two moons and we got to the Long Knife village. I told them we wanted to see Turquoise Flower. They said she was dead. Jesus started to cry. Jesus told the Long Knife that she was like a daughter to him. We left. Jesus cried all the way until we got to a stream. I told Jesus, "wash your face" He refused to, so we left. We got to the hogan. We ate . The next morning I went outside and snow was on the ground. That night all we did was tell stories and that was all we did that winter.