Native American Remembrance Ceremony - Battle of the Neches
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It is time once again to honor the fallen and celebrate friendships old and new! Each year, the American Indian Cultural Society observes the Battle of Neches with a ceremony featuring music, dance and storytelling, in keeping with the culture of the tribes that took part in the fighting.
The battle occurred in July, 1839, during the days of the Republic of Texas, northwest of present day Chandler. The fray involved Texas Cherokee and 12 associated tribal bands. According to information from The American Indian Cultural Society, The Republic of Texas Army killed men, women and children, then set fire to a village.
“We have personally taken on the responsibility of preservation and maintaining this sacred ground, helping to preserve it as a memorial and sanctuary for all who wish to honor and respect the ancient traditions, beliefs and customs of all American Indian people,” Sondra McAdams of AICS said. “This place is now and forever considered sacred ground by many. The spirits of the men, women and children slain there can still be felt. Their blood and tears forever stain the land.”
The public is invited to come by at 1 p.m. on July 15 for storytelling, food and Indian crafts. The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.
Master of ceremonies will be Chairman Eagle 1 of AICS. Danny Hair will be the ceremonial leader. The guest speakers are Julie Rainwater and Historian Randal Gilbert. Anyone wanting information about the event can call 903-425-8581.
To get to the grounds go to Texas Highway 64, turn north on Van Zandt County Road 4923, and watch for the signs. Come on out and enjoy a Native American Drum and Dance! Bring lawn chairs and sit a while! Bring a little cash to purchase some of the nifty items for sale and be sure to try a real Indian Taco!
Thank You Sincerely,
George Jones
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