Creative Ethnography

Topics: Basketball, James Naismith, College basketball Pages: 2 (1377 words) Published: November 2, 2014

Incense and Basketball in a Strange Place
As I was coming flying to Hawaii in my beat up old space ship I saw the most beautiful flowing river and mountains and I knew I had to stop and explore. I landed in a large field and got out of the ship. The first thing I noticed was an interesting skunk smell hanging in the air, but I couldn’t tell where it was coming from because no one else was around. I could see some sort of civilization off in the distance, so I started hiking through a thick forest of trees that had a crisp, refreshing smell that reminded me of Christmas at home. When I finally reached the outskirts of town I tried to find someone to ask for directions and help, but there was no one around. There were no spaceships, cars, or people on the street. Confused and feeling lost, I kept walking down the street hoping that I would eventually find at least one person. Finally I got to the top of a hill and looked down. There were thousands, maybe even a few hundred thousand people in the downtown area of this city. I was overwhelmed by the site, but I slowly hiked down the hill to see what was going on. There were teams of people playing with an orange bouncy ball and trying to throw it through a hoop on the street. There were hundreds of these hoops with one at every corner of the street. These strange people were bouncing this ball down the street and many of them weren’t wearing any shirts. I was staring at one of these games when all of a sudden I was hit in the back of the head with one of the balls and fell to the ground. Luckily a nice woman helped me up and asked if I was alright. I brushed the dirt off of my clothes and asked her what was going on. She said “This is Hoop Fest!” Still looking confused she went on to explain that this was the largest three on three basketball tournament in the world. I had never heard of basketball before, but it seemed simple enough. Still confused and overwhelmed, I asked the woman where I was...
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