Lamont and Dude Discuss their Native American Roots

“What’s that?”


“Under that rock.”

“Don’t go lifting rocks, Lamont. You never know what’s under them.”

“True dat. You were under one once.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You don’t remember when you were a Coronado skink? Plestiodon skiltonianus interparietalis to be precise, in Latin. That was your most recent dinosaur iteration.”

“Are you on something, Lamont? You can’t call a skink a dinosaur.”

“Actually, I can. There’s nothing stopping me. I remember well. I was hiking a narrow trail in search of acorns to feed my family. I had a willow basket strapped to my back and I kind of stumbled, kicking a rock, and out came two bright blue creatures chasing each other, little pieces of the sky, I thought. I asked the medicine man later and he said that was a sign we’d have a wet winter.”

“Lamont, I’m worried about you.”

“I’ll just kick it. Well, I’ll be damned. Just a stupid wrapper from some hiker’s water bottle. And we worry about the plastic. Why in the name of all that’s earthly don’t they get a hydration pack or at the very least reusable bottles?”

“Did you know the skink was me?”

“Not immediately, but when you followed me home — how did you know?”

“No idea. I don’t remember any of this.”

“Well a skink’s life isn’t all that long and you’re only blue as a young skink. We kept you, though. You lived for quite a while. My grandson took good care of you and carried you whenever we left the mountains and went down river in winter.”


“I just can’t remember his name. That’s a shame. He was a good boy.”


Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a few years ago. They have the uncanny ability to remember many of their past incarnations which gives them a unique perspective on life, the universe and everything.

6 thoughts on “Lamont and Dude Discuss their Native American Roots

  1. So funny, Martha. As you know, I’m a huge fan of Lamont and Dude. It is like getting a Christmas present every time they reveal themselves. It is a good thing, Lamont found little Dude skink. I have it on good authority that skinks are a delicacy.

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