MFtS – Blood Stains

“Where did they go?” Amanda asked Michael, as they stood viewing the ancient Native American Indian ruins.

Michael thought about her question for a moment, “Many were wiped out due to rodent-flea born diseases like hantavirus and the plague.”

Amanda listened intently as he continued, “Drought and starvation killed some.”

Michael then turned to face Amanda, “Then, several hundred years ago, settlers encroached in their territory and wiped many of them out or forced them out of their homes, some are these ancient ruins.”

Amanda took a deep breath, “That is so sad. I feel badly for them.”

“History has a lot of blood stains,” Michael said, “People do things which later they aren’t proud of.”

Amanda looked into Michael’s eyes and said, “This makes me respect the Native Americans even more.”

Michael smiled and took her hand. He decided not to tell her that his grandmother was a full blooded Navajo Indian.


Photo credit: Barbara Beacham


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66 thoughts on “MFtS – Blood Stains

  1. I like this line: ‘“History has a lot of blood stains,” Michael said, “People do things which later they aren’t proud of.”’ Ain’t that the truth? I wonder why he won’t tell her about his grandma… Good story 🙂

  2. Well done, it is a sad fact of our history, and looks like it will an even sadder excuse in the future, when folks look back at the dead oil fields and the loss of life that happened to acquire that resource. Why can’t we see the foolishness of it all during the process. Hope you don’t mind if I answer my own question. 🙂 Because we are so good at putting on our rose colored glasses and pretending there are other reasons that have nothing to do with greed. Okay off my soap box, but your story and several others including my own really hit a cord. Thanks!

  3. Great story, taking in the native american aspect – social morals change usually for the better but history shows us how humans can be so cruel and brutal, even now – one day the world will be at peace.

  4. Good story….history has it’s horror and certainly things that should not have happened, but we can not change history and we should not be held accountable for what our ancestors did…..after all, we were not there to participate in the actions…we have a responsibility to change things for the better Now because That can be changed. Michael’s grandmother should not be degraded because of what happened before her lifetime.

    • I agree Jessie. We should not be held accountable for what our ancestors did. Even though it was wrong at the time, to them it was the right thing to do. Yes, we have to help change things for the better. Thank you for your comment.

    • Thank you! I live about 50 miles away from the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings. This is a large ancient Indian (Anasazi) ruins. They built their homes on the sides of very tall cliffs. They say the Anasazi Indians have gone extinct, but I was reading just the other day that they think the Anasazi Indians morphed into the, now, Pueblo Indians.

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