Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

The Wild Onion Day

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

The Wild Onion Day

Article excerpt

The sun was shining bright into Lindsey's room.

It reminded her that today was a special day.

Today was Wild Onion Day.

Lindsey knew she would be sharing the day with one of her favorite people.

Grandma Dorothy.

Grandma Dorothy was an elder with the Chickasaw tribe.

She taught Lindsey the traditions of her people.

Grandma Dorothy arrived with two baskets.

There was one for Grandma Dorothy and one for Lindsey.

They then headed outside for their wild onion adventure.

"Wild onions do not grow just anywhere," said Grandma Dorothy.

"You must look carefully all around you. You must take in all that the Creator has put before you."

Carefully, Lindsey looked all around the beautiful green pasture.

She couldn't find one wild onion to place in her basket.

Grandma Dorothy's basket was almost half-full already.

"Why can't I find the wild onions, Grandma Dorothy?" Lindsey asked sadly.

Grandma Dorothy replied, "Did you try the patch of brown grass near the large stone?"

"Why would I look in the brown grass for something green? Besides, it is too far away," Lindsey replied.

Grandma Dorothy asked, "Lindsey, do remember when I told you that you must take in all that the Creator has put before you? …

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