Lands of our Ancestors - Book One

  • Chapter 1 - Preparations

  • Profile Picture of Kilik in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One

    Kilik

    β€œRoll the hoop faster this time,”

  • Narrator

    twelve-year-old Kilik called out to his cousin.

    Profile Picture of Narrator in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One
  • Profile Picture of Kilik in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One

    Kilik

    β€œI have to prove to Father that I’m ready for our overnight hunting trip.”

  • Narrator

    His cousin, Tuhuy, returned to the starting point ready to roll the hoop once more.

    Profile Picture of Narrator in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One
  • The boys were playing one of their favorite games of skill: hoop-and-pole.

  • One boy would roll the small hoop on the ground while the other one threw a long, spear-like pole at it.

  • The goal of the game was to send the pole through the hoop.

  • But to the boys, this was more than a mere game.

  • Narrator

    It was part of their preparation to become men.

    Profile Picture of Narrator in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One
  • It helped them to become skillful hunters.

  • Chumash youth had been rolling the hoop and throwing the pole for countless generations.

  • Profile Picture of Tuhuy in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One

    Tuhuy

    β€œYou’re already a better shot than any other boy in the village,”

  • Narrator

    Tuhuy said.

    Profile Picture of Narrator in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One
  • Profile Picture of Tuhuy in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One

    Tuhuy

    β€œI’m sure you’ll do fine on the hunt.”

  • Narrator

    He stood at the edge of their little homemade playing field prepared to spin the hoop again.

    Profile Picture of Narrator in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One
  • Profile Picture of Kilik in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One

    Kilik

    β€œGo!”

  • Narrator

    Kilik yelled, and his younger cousin sent the hoop rolling faster than ever.

    Profile Picture of Narrator in Lands of our Ancestors - Book One
  • At just the right moment, Kilik hurled the long, thin pole toward its moving target.