Friday, September 14, 2018
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
Friday 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (return time is approximate)
Our first event is our annual trip to Seminole Canyon. This will be our sixth year hiking to this breath-taking land. The trip is organized by Mrs. Cynthia Ventura Atchico, a Seminole Indian Scout descendant. Each year, we are led by our special tour guide, Tanya, to the area where several of the Black Seminole Indian Scouts camped while they were scouting. We encourage you to join us on this special, sacred walk.
Note: The Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association does not charge a fee for the trip, but there is a fee to enter Seminole Canyon. The entrance fee is $5.
Friday Lecture Series
Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at the Carver School
For this year's Friday Lecture Series, we would like to focus on bringing everyone up-to-date on all that has been happening this past year and answering any questions you might have. We look forward to having an honest, open dialogue about the lawsuit that was filed one year ago, about the events that led up to it, the illegal construction that began at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery, and the vote that is taking place. We hope you all will bring your insight and ideas as we talk as a community.
We are honored to have Mrs. Billie Jean Frierson and Ms. Mary Cleve join us this evening. Both ladies will be discussing topics that are important them and, therefore, important to all in attendance.
Also, we have light refreshments (finger foods and desserts) and drinks.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Robert "Bobby" Kibbetts Marker Dedication
8:30 AM at Fort Clark Springs
(Unfortunately, this event is tentatively cancelled because of the weather.)
We have been looking forward to this dedication since last year. It is an honor to dedicate this marker to Robert "Bobby" Kibbetts and his descendants. Thank you to Fort Clark Historical Society. Without them, this annual event would not take place. Here is some information about Robert Kibbetts:
Robert “Bobby” Kibbetts was born in 1846 in Arkansas. He was the son of John and Nancy Kibbetts. John Kibbetts, who lived from 1810-1878, was a Seminole Negro Indian Scout. He served as a first sergeant. He was also a subchief of the Black Seminoles. He served as scout from 1870 until his death on September 7, 1878. In addition to their son Robert, John and his wife Nancy also had a daughter named Rosella (1850-1885).
Robert Kibbetts followed in his father’s footsteps. He joined the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts and became a sergeant. His service began in 1870, the same year his father joined.
Robert was married to Phyllis Wilson Kibbetts. She was born in Mexico. Her parents were John Wilson and Laura Naco. They were both from Mexico. Phyllis lived until May 13, 1939. She was 96 when she died. She and Robert had two children. Their names were Washington and Maria.
After over thirty years of service, Robert Kibbetts died on April 29,1905. He was buried at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery.
10:00 AM (Begins on Ann Streets, Ends at Carver School Grounds)
Who doesn't love a parade? We certainly do. Our annual Seminole Days parade is one of the highlights of our celebration. Each year, we look forward to gathering and walking or riding down Ann Street on our way to the Carver School. The parade is our chance to celebrate and show our pride. If you would like to participate in our parade, please print out the parade form below. There are trophies awarded to the top three floats.
Carver School Grounds
This year's program guest speaker is Pastor YJ Jimenez (He is pictured in the above photo with his lovely wife Lisa). Brother YJ has been the pastor at the First Baptist Church here in Brackettville since 2013. He was our speaker last year and gave such an uplifting and inspiring message that we just had to invite him back again. Come out and listen to Brother YJ. You will not be disappointed.
BBQ Plate Sale
11:00 AM - until we sell out
Carver School Grounds
Who is ready for some barbecue? Our barbecue plate sale will feature brisket, chicken, and goat. The sides are beans, rice, and potato salad. The price for the two meats is $12. The price for one is $10.
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Carver School Grounds
What is more fun than yelling "BINGO"? Come on down and try your luck. The fun will begin at two.
Saturday Lecture Series
This year, we are pleased to announce our Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series. We are excited to have Dr. Paulina de Moral and Dr. Rosalyn Howard to be our inaugural speakers. Following their presentations, we will screen Black Border Warriors.
Paulina Rocío del Moral González was born in Torreón, Coahuila, in Northeast México. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco (1986) in México City. Years later, she received a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology (2006) at Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, in Chihuahua City, with a dissertation on the mestizo pilgrimage to Señor de Mapimí Sanctuary in Cuencamé, Durango. In 2013, she wrote a thesis on ethno-meteorology and a regional ritual system in North Central México to achieve her Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences (2013) at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, in México City.
Part of her life has been dedicated to independent research, alongside editorial works, advising to non-governmental organizations, and freelancing. In the summer of 1991, she visited the Mascogo community of El Nacimiento, Coahuila for the first time and started a modest cultural fieldwork in 1992, which culminated in the publication of the book Tribus olvidadas de Coahuila (Forgotten Tribes of Coahuila, 1999), the first monography on the black Seminole of Coahuila and Texas. It was edited in México. She is also co-author of Recetario Mascogo de Coahuila (Mascogo Cookbook, 2000, reprinted 2004 and 2014).
In 2014 and 2015, with the support of Conacyt (The National Council of Science and Technology in México), she did research about body, ethnicity, and ritual in the communities of El Nacimiento and Cuarterones y Morelos, both in the Múzquiz municipality, Coahuila.
Presently, Dr. Del Moral is working as a coordinator of traditional cooking and morteros workshops as part of the Colectivo Comunitario Mascogo, an initiative sponsored by Mexico’s federal Ministry of Culture for revitalization of Mascogo’s cultural heritage.
Invited by SISCA, Dr. del Moral will offer the conference “Bride Theft among the Coahuila Mascogos” for Seminole Days, edition 2018, afternoon session at Carver School, Saturday September 15, in Brackettville, Texas.
In addition to Dr. Moral, Dr. Rosalyn Howard will join our lecture series. The title of her presentation is "The African Presence in Spanish Florida and the Bahamas."
Dr. Rosalyn Howard is a Cultural Anthropologist. She was an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the North American Indian Studies Program at the University of Central Florida until her retirement in 2015. Her primary area of teaching and research was the African Diaspora with a focus on the interrelationships formed by African and Native American peoples in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Dr. Howard has conducted extensive research among mixed Native American and African populations in Florida, the Bahamas and Bermuda. She also has conducted research in the following countries: Guadeloupe, Jamaica, China, South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Senegal, and Ghana.
Among Dr. Howard's publications are three books:
First, Black Seminoles in the Bahamas is an ethnographic research study of the Black Seminole descendant community of Red Bays, Andros Island, Bahamas. Today's presentation is based on that research.
Second, Recollection and Reconnection: Voices of the St. David's Islanders and their Native American Relatives concerns her research on a community with mixed Native, African, and European ethnicity in Bermuda.
Third, Newtown Alive: Courage, Dignity and Determination is an ethnohistorical study of an African-American community in Sarasota, Florida at its 100 year anniversary.
Although retired, Dr. Howard continues to be an active scholar, lecturer, writer, and consultant for various projects.
Following the presentations by Drs. de Moral and Howard, there will be a special screening of Black Border Warriors, the documentary directed by Joseph Hill. This is scheduled start at about 4PM and will be presented by Cyntha Ventura Atchico.
Our spaghetti dinner has become an annual favorite. For the second year, we are honored to have Dr. Al Nofi preparing this special meal. The dinner will begin at 6PM. Each meal is $5.
8PM - 1AM
Come and dance under the stars at the Carver School Grounds. Our annual dance will begin at 8PM. Deejaying the event is DJ Musicman Trevino. The dance, as always, is free.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
The final event of Seminole Days takes place at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery.
The ceremony at the cemetery is scheduled to begin at 10AM. During this ceremony, we will honor those who have passed away this year. Mrs. Billie Jean Frierson will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for this event.
Following the ceremony, we hope you will return to the Carver School, where we will have some potluck and say our "until next year" to each other.