Representatives from the West Texas Native American Association were in Abernathy on Thursday to offer a blessing for Quanah Parker Trail Arrow #56.
The arrow was installed on June 6, 2013 by the City of Abernathy working in conjunction with the Texas Plains Trail Region.
Holle Humphries sent us this description of the event on behalf of the Texas Plains Trail Region:
The Quanah Parker Trail is a special initiative launched by the Texas Plains Trail Region to celebrate a unique history of our area.
The purpose of the Quanah Parker Trail is multifold: to honor the memory of Quanah Parker and his extended family, to commemorate the Comanche people who dominated our area once known as "The Comancheria," to remember the American Indian tribes who joined with them as allies at the end of the 19th century in the battle to preserve their way of life on the High Plains of Texas, and to pay respect to the Native Americans of the past and present who formerly and presently occupy our region today.
The Quanah Parker Trail arrow, created and generously donated by New Home artist Charles A. Smith, is intended to serve as a visible symbol to help invoke this undertold story of our region.
Participating counties and towns of the Texas Plains Trail Region's Quanah Parker Trail are always pleased to welcome interest and honor brought to the Quanah Parker Trail arrows.
Therefore, the members of the West Texas Native American Association are owed our gratitude and respect for conferring their blessing upon the Quanah Parker Trail Arrow of Abernathy, Texas, on the 4th of July, 2013.
Most particularly, we were all honored by the presence at the dedication ceremony of Ms. Jena Parker and her son and daughter, all of whom are descendants Quanah Parker and who live in our region.
For more information, please visit: quanahparkertrail.com.
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