Today, a big decision, one that will mean life or death for my people, has been put on my shoulders. My people have been hunter-gatherers for generations, following the food to where it may go. But now, we have a chance to break tradition and stop the following of the herds. We have a chance to settle and stay in one place, to grow crops of maize and only hunt game that is near the village. We will no longer have to be scared that we have hunted all of the game. We will no longer have to chase the game, and leave our temporary homes in a minute's notice. We will no longer have to focus on our game, and where it is located. Our children will be able to learn other things than just hunting. But, on the other hand, we will be changing tradition of our people.

The decision is made. If breaking tradition is enough to insure my people's safety and lives, I will allow it. We will now settle in the area close to the river for water. Life as a hunter-gatherer is over for my people. Things will never be the same.

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    Author: Vahae O.

    The Core Concentration blogs are on various language arts and world history topics.