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The Day I Found the Tribe by Olivia Bushee

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“Ok, class, we are going to the Beverly Triton Beach today,” Mrs. Hall said as we traveled our way out of the school. When we got inside the bus, my mind began to wonder, what is this beach all about?

“I don’t know, but I guess we will find out when we get there?” Alyssa said as if it was a question.

“Oh, sorry, Alys, I thought I was talking to myself…” I trailed off. “Its fine Libby hey, you wanna come sit next to me on the bus?” “Yeah, sure.” We sat down and started talking about random things. Once we got there, we went to our first rotation. The first thing we did was put together a “Report Card” for the Chesapeake Bay. We used various chemicals mixed with the bay water to test the PH levels and the amount of bacteria in the water. We shook the test tube to see what color the water would turn. I put the tube close to the color card and determined the levels of PH and bacteria.

Next, we went on a hike. Rachel and I walked and talked as always. I was walking while looking down when I noticed a piece of vine in the shape of a loop around my foot. I stopped breathing for a second and I looked at the line of vine stretching as far off as I can see in the forest. I quickly jumped out of the loop as it started to surround my foot. I grabbed Rachel and hung onto her. She looked at me and got wide eyes. I pointed to the woods and she looked at me as if I had three heads. I nodded and we started off to where there was no trail. Many times before, my curiosity got me nowhere; but now I was thinking about what or who made a trap out of the vine with the technology we have tipi10today. But who knows? It could have been a homeless man.

We followed the piece of vine and ended up at a fort. I looked up and saw a tipi. This was something I had never seen before. I saw something move and I squinted my eyes.

I shook Rachel and pointed to the tiny baby in the handwoven carrier. I started walking over when I heard screeching. Two adults came with spears. I screamed as I started to run away. I was pulled by my wrist from the forest by a boy about my age. He spoke English and explained everything. They were a tribe that had been invaded. Tthey abandoned their home and traveled here because the land and water offered plenty of food and supplies to help them make a new home. Once he had explained everything, he took me to his parents and introduced me.

I looked at my phone and saw it was time to go. I said my goodbyes.

“Promise me you will come back?” The boy, Ben asked.

“Promise” I smiled.

Once I got to the bus, Alyssa asked where I was.

“Oh I made some new friends.”

“Oh” she responded.

I turned my head toward the beach and saw the family I had just met smiling and waving as we drove off.

Sixth grader Olivia Bushee, Central Middle School, Anne Arundel County, learned about native Americans to write her short story.