Art on Display

“Clearly, you can see it is a cycle of killing. The arrows are death at their own hands as they bowed and surrendered more and more to the white man.” Jenny looks at her Grandfather.

“Honey, it wasn’t that simple. Half the tribes used us to get rid of their rivals. We took land they weren’t using and set up farms and cities.” Grandpa points at the ring with his cane “This is a bone colored ring with a couple of arrows and blood. Hell, you could make something better with some paste and paper.”

“Grandpa! He is a world renowned artist. They brought this here to commemorate the opening of Indian Hills at Columbus Circle. It’s a real piece of art.” Jenny looks at Grandpa like she has seen a holy relic

“It’s a piece of work, all right! But you’re shopping at a place named for the guy who ended the Indians way of life.” Grandpa looks around at the glass enclosures and brightly colored banners. “Yep! Those Indians sure would like all this spread out here.”

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Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, details are available at

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15 thoughts on “Art on Display

    1. We’re constantly trying to judge our history. Which since we don’t understand the thinking at the time and the balance of people with different orgin has greatly expanded, we are caught up in a quagmire of non existent guilt. My Irish descendents were treated like throw aways in New England but there are no statues to indentured servants. Rioting does not free them, it burdens today and the future of those here. Time is a cruel thing to ignorant people. They die in long ended wars hoping to change what has happened. Just my humble opinion. 🙂

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  1. That’s a very controversial subject. We were taught that Columbus discovered America. But the Native Americans were already here. They discovered America. And Columbus helped end the life as they knew it. Great story Mark!

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