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American Indian Parachute Jump

American Indian Parachute Jump

American Indian Parachute Jump

American Indian Parachute Jump

Being a mixed breed carries it’s own challenges. If you understand the old ways of tribes from all over the world, it used to be a responsibility of the leader to marry someone from a different tribe. It had several purposes, one was to make peace between the tribes. Another was to have healthy children. Many think the first reason was the most important but it was the children that were the most important. If the leader produced healthy children then the rest of the tribe knew they could intermarry and have healthy children too.

The effect this had on the children is for them to prove their worth. It is important for them to exceed any prior feats or deeds of anyone else. In effect this would prove them to be a worthy leader. One of these challenges is to jump from a building. I was presented this this opportunity at the age of three. My brother and a friend climbed on the roof of a two story house with me. When we got to the high side they dared me to jump off. I answered them I would if they would do it to. They agreed and I told them I would be right back. I had an idea that I could make a parachute so I took some string and tied it to the corners of a bedsheet and made my way back up on the roof. After showing them my handywork they encouraged me to try it. Being confident I went straight to the edge and jumped. Of course it did not work and I realized this while falling. The sheet was flapping in the wind and I was not slowing down. Then suddenly about six feet off the ground it popped open and broke my fall. I still hit the ground pretty hard but was not hurt.

My brother and our friend refused to jump after seeing what had happened. This was not the first time I had done something no one else would and it certainly was not the last trial I would encounter.

There you are on the front line…

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