Minnehaha

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

The trek had been arduous. Some died along the way, their long home marked with stone cairns.

After what seemed an endless expanse of desert, the land began to slope upward. A cool breeze carried the smell of fresh water, and their animals began to strain toward the life-giving perfume.

Some of the People had tears rolling down their dry, sun-dark faces as the temperature began to plummet. They could hear the rush of falling water, smell the vegetation, see the tracks of small animals.

The new settlement was called Minnehaha–Laughing Waters.

(I took a little poetic license with this one. It made me think of a favorite spot in Minneapolis. Here is the real Minnehaha Falls)

37 thoughts on “Minnehaha

    1. No, although it could have! My people were more in the northern part of what we know as America today. The name Minnesota means either “cloudy, muddy water” or “sky-tinted water.” Way before the Europeans came to America’s shores, indigenous people were pushing each other back and forth as they battled over land–hunting, farming. easily defended land. Native Americans were brutal to each other in their efforts to find sustenance, and long treks to find safety were frequent.

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    1. I was fascinated by such stories when I was just a kid in social studies classes. That’s what we called it back then–history would have been a better, more accurate term, I think. And Minnesota was rich in the lore and legend of the Sioux and Chippewa tribes. They had been pushed from the east coast by stronger, more militant tribes before 1620 and the establishment of Plymouth Colony. But you really didn’t ask for a history lesson 🙂

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  1. That was fun to read.

    I can’t think of the name ‘Minnehaha’ without remembering a young woman I knew many years ago, who believed that she was Minnehaha, reincarnated. She was Caucasian, this woman. I don’t know why she had that strange belief. I’m not a believer in reincarnation, myself.

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  2. I liked your story as I was made to imagine the nomadic tribes surviving in a tough world. I also thought abut the earlier European settlers traveling across the dry plains and not knowing what they would find.

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  3. This is just gorgeous, Linda. I was drawn right into the scene – the sounds, the smells, the sensations. What a difficult time for those people, searching for a new home. So glad they found their place at the end. I’m intrigued by your phrase ‘long home’ – I really like it and it’s suggesting all sorts of meanings to me – afterlife, the path they followed in their trek.

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  4. Dear Linda,

    You took us on an arduous journey and satisfied with the ending. Laughing waters. Nicely named.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS sorry to be this late this week but COVID hit last Wednesday so not much has gotten done here. Starting to feel human I think.

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