The Hutchinson County Museum will be sponsoring the Annual Adobe Walls Trek this Saturday.
The trek is set for Saturday June 25, 2011, and will start at 9 a.m. at the museum, located at 618 North Main Street in Borger.
The Adobe Walls Trek program will feature descendants of Quanah Parker, such as Don Parker, who is his great-grandson, who will speak on the history and culture of Quanah Parker and Comanche people. Also to be featured will be Ardith Parker-Leming, who is Quanah Parker's great-granddaughter, and her husband Glen of Sulphur, Okla. They are Native American artisans who tan deer hide, make bows and arrows, do beadwork, process buffalo jerky, and make buckskin shirts, dresses, leggings, and other Native attire. They will demonstrate making tools from buffalo hide. They will be dressed in Comanche attire.
Another special guest for the trek will be Paul Davis from Abilene, who will present a poem he wrote titled "Spirit of Quanah," which has received national attention. Davis is also a craftsman. He and his wife Linda have been an integral part of the Parker family for many years.
Lynn Hopkins of the Hutchinson County Museum said that a large crowd is expected and the beginning program will be held in front of the museum. Visitors should being their own lawn chairs.
Visitors will travel in their own cars to the Adobe Walls 1864 and 1874 battle sites where Don Parker will present traditional and memorial songs, storytelling and traditions. He and Glen Leming will perform a Cedar Smoking Ceremony.
Special exhibits in the museum will feature Native American artifacts. The gift shop will have Adobe Walls books for sale, as well as other items of regional history.
Don Parker will bring Quanah Parker’s prayer staff to the event for display, as well as other family religious and ceremonial items. There is no charge for the programs, but donations are appreciated. The Museum is handicapped accessible.
The battle sites are on undeveloped land and require walking on uneven and hilly terrain. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, water, sun hat, long pants and sturdy shoes. For more information, contact the museum at 273-0130