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Here we are again this week by the shore of a lovely virtual lake. Our guide is our hostess for this gathering of the Friday Fictioneers, the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Jennifer Pendergast. Thanks Jennifer.

My story is about the Native Americans in the U.S. State of Ohio.  There are many books on the Native Americans in Ohio. Anyone wanting to know more about the frontier lives of early settlers in Ohio should read the trilogy of author Conrad Richter, The Awakening Land, for which he won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. There are no doubt still many Ohioans today with Native American ancestry.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link. The link for other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Nonfiction

Word Count: 100 Words


Because of the vast forests, plentiful game, Lake Erie, and many other lakes and rivers, there were many Native Americans in Ohio.

Where I was born and grew up, in Akron, the native people used to portage their canoes from Lake Erie down the rivers. There were the names Portage Trail and Portage Lakes.

Besides Lake Erie, there were some rivers with native names such as the Maumee, Huron, Miami, Manangahela, Cuyahoga, etc.

As a youngster in southwestern Ohio, my dad used to dig up arrowheads for his collection.

There were also the prehistoric Mound Builders whose efforts still exist.




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