Authentic Tourism

Posted: January 30, 2019 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The three watched the teepee like owls watching a rabbit hole.

“Very authentic,” said the first, skin like wrinkled paper, glasses perched on a thin nose. “A splendid recreation.”

“I love the little campfire,” said the second, bluing hair in unnatural curls. “So primitive.”

The third, splotched red with sunburn, snorted, making his mustache tremble. “Fire’s nice. But where’s the Injun? They promised me an Injun.”

Inside the inauthentic teepee, Biashan checked his bank app. The money had gone through.

Time to entertain a few more white fools, he thought and pulled on a headdress he’d bought from the Halloween store.

Word Count: 100

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Renee Heath for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Dale says:

    Sad, the price to pay to make a few bucks.

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  2. 4963andypop says:

    Very damning portrayal of old white folks wanting to recreate their childhood misconceptions and stereotypes and willing to pay top dollar for it.

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  3. Margaret says:

    At least Blashan comes out in front in this clash of cultures. Well told.

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  4. Ha ha ha, those white folk sure deserve it.


  5. I liked the way you put him in control. Nicely done!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  6. Abhijit Ray says:

    People are paying to watch a native and his lifestyle?

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  7. granonine says:

    I’m thinking about those artificial observers, and wondering if anyone has set up chairs to watch THEM 🙂

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  8. Dear J.A.

    Sad commentary on what we’ve become and how much we honor history. Nicely done.



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  9. michael1148humphris says:

    I liked how you used the three chairs

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