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SEMINOLE DAYS 2016 September 16, 17, 18, 2016 Brackettville, Texas featuring  Pre-Seminole Days 2016
You Are Not Forgotten - What We Need To Know - Protocol
 Fri., Sept. 16, 2016,6:-9:00 pm, Old Post Th., Ft. Clark

As in every year, I truly enjoy my old friends and meeting new ones; at the Friday lectures in the fort theater, Saturday on the old school grounds and Sunday at the cemetery during Seminole Days. This year I was the opening speaker for the six chiefs who spoke on Friday night; Choctaw Chiefs Angela Mollette, Barbara Finley and Edgar Mollette; Lipan Apache Chiefs Daniel Romero, Richard Gonzalez; Seminole/Creek Chief William "Dub" Warrior. Following the speakers presentations I was surprised to meet personally one of my best customers Ms Evelyn Pounds and her daughter Entertainment Attorney Alethea Pounds from Maryland who traveled to Brackettville. Ms. Pounds is a descendant of Yobly; Negro Abraham who I have provided information on for years and I was happy to finally meet her in person. Another surprise was seeing Juan Torallbo (John Griner) who escorted me and my video crew around Nacimiento some years ago. It was a real joy to see him again and to meet his daughter Corina and son Erik who came up from Mexico with him. We spent lots of time together talking about the problems the Seminoles have going back and forth across the border while the Kikapu who followed them to Mexico in 1850 have no problems doing so. Can you believe it? The people who made it safe for Mexicans and Americans to settle the border region aren't allowed to move about freely in that region. It's said that the problem comes from the American side of the Rio Bravo. It was good to see Rocio Gil a Phd candidate from NYU who has lived in Mexico and Texas as she researched the history of the lands and its people, for years. She, Augusta Pines, Windy Goodloe and Chief Lee Young shared their information with families and guests throughout the day on the old school grounds and at the Seminole Indian Scout Museum there. People inspected and questioned Lipan Apache chiefs Prof. Daniel Romero and Ricardo Gonzalezabout their tribal regalia, exhibit of tipi and story boards, and how they are tied into Seminole History. I spent time with Michael Emery a Producer for KLRU-TV/PBS Austin in the Scout's museum where he was shooting video for his second year to complete his 2017 television presentation. Chief Dub Warrior and wife Ethel July were surprised with a wedding anniversary dinner at Julie's Restaurant while we were there. I spent time with Alan Mack from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Buffalo Soldiers who found the weekend to be quite busy. I had a chane to shake hands and give an abrazo to several others of my Facebook amigos from around Mexico and the US. All-in-all, I can mark up another year of learning, fun and food.  Btw, unless there are cancellations, I booked the last room at the resort for next year. Everyone tends to reserve their rooms for the following year as they check out. But you are able to rent 2 BR trailers at the resort, or make reservations at numerous Uvalde or Del Rio hotels and motels, less than 20 minutes away. If you couldn't make it this year, we're hoping to see you in 2017.



Celebrating the 143rd Year SEMINOLE DAYS 2015 Brackettville, Texas
It was a fantastic weekend !!!

Families, friends and scholars found a weekend of choices at the 143rd year of celebrating Seminole Days in Brackettville, Texas. Efforts of the Juan Perryman Family Foundation and the Seminole Indian Cemetery Association, two Seminole Indian Scout Descendants organizations, produced three days of festivities honoring the scout's and the ancestors. There was a tour of Seminole Canyon where three scouts fought and won Medals of Honor. Guests toured the new scout's museum and enjoyed special guest speakers while eating a meal of various foodstuffs on the old Carver school grounds. A celebration honoring Seminole women who fought beside the scouts and have participated in the military more recently was a highlight on Friday. Saturday night featured a new documentary BY BLOOD produced by New York film producers that described the dilemma, of Black members in the Seminole Nation, for acceptance, with a lecture for children by author Anthropologist Shirley B. Mock and my presentation of the total Black Seminole Indian history. A late night dance closed that day of enjoyment. Sunday was the usual day for honoring the ancestors at the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery where everyone comes together for singing and the delivery of words on Seminole history closing out the weekend of revel until next year .
                                                                            Hope to see all of my readers in Brackett in 2016.

A Promise Made & Kept To The Seminole Indian Scout Descendants

On my first jaunt to Brackettville, Texas on my own, i.e., sans the Afro-American Players Theater company, nor was it another introductory trip with Dr. Ian Hancock, Linguist, U. Texas at Austin, for me to meet with the Seminole Indian Scouts descendants for these last minutes of 1978. With their permission, I recorded our sharing of information.

We had talked for over three hours when Dub Warrior, laughing so hard he could hardly talk, finished telling the Renty Grayson and the Comanche warrior tale, "he shot him in his pom-pom. They say that Injun jump way up in the air an' took off runnin' an' whoopin'". Everybody laughed. Then, Dub alerted us, "Hunnuh know, it's midnight." They sang traditional Seminole New Years Eve songs and performed "that ol' rockin' (side-to-side) Indian dance", they learned from their elders as children.

       Florida  Black  Seminole  Indian
 Chief  John  Griffin  shares  Flor-
ida Seminole information with me.

During that New Years Eve night, and into the early morning of New Years day, I mentioned aspects of the history I'd read about while they replied with their stories as told to them by their ancestors, in comparison. The variances invigorated me into wanting to know the truth behind the written and oral story of these loving people, and to sooth their desires for passing on the epic to their younger generations that seemed to have no interest in their ancestry. I promised to compile a full history of the Black Seminole Indians of Mexico and Texas, the John Horse tribe, for them. The beginning of my venture quest.

Some thirty-six years later, on Friday, September 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m., at the historical G.W. Carver School, in Brackettville, Texas, for the Seminole Indian Scout Descendants Association, I was allowed to begin the fulfillment of my promise. For three hours, I spilled out an overview of Black Seminole Indian history from the original Humans (traced through the Vai; family of West Africa) to a brief photo memorial to the seven descendants I made the promise to, of which only two remain; William Gleaze "Dub" Warrior and his wife Ethel July Warrior. It was a day of pride and emotions.

"The afternoon fascinating presentation of Doug Sivad, noted actor, investigative journalist, director, producer, lecturer, singer, and historian and his assistants introduced the in-progress work "History of the Black Seminole. Definitely a most in-depth continuing investigating study of the subject." "History Was Celebrated," Donna Pritzel, Kinney County Post,Vol. 6, No. 39, September 25, 2014.

 Chief William "Dub" Warrior passing on more info to me.



 Blessings In Santa Clarita

In my thirty-eight years of investigating the epic of the Black Seminole Indians, I have participated in several spiritual worship events, like, New Years Eve celebrations where the old songs were sung as they "did that ol' rockin' dance" around the room at midnight, gave Honors to the Ancestors at the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery with the Texas Seminoles and shared foods with Mascogos in Nacimiento, Mexico where I was awarded the "macho" to eat, as special guest of honor; eaten blue corn pudding and fried fat back -- blue corn and salt pork -- commemorating their survival eating the only food Seminoles were given after they were moved to Indian Territory, and attended several night and day Stomp Dances at Mekesuky Mission with Oklahoma Seminoles; and attended an intertribal pow-wow with the Alabama-Cousatta of Texas at Livington, Texas. And now, most recently, in Santa Clarita, California, I received hand blessings from a Head Grandmother and a Navajo Medicine Man with burning sage and feather bundles blessings while I told the story of the Black Seminole Indians for the Yamassee Choctaw Muskogee Nation of California. Rawsheed Stone Coyote Patton a Yamassee official planned the event to bring nations together and deliver his message of the necessity for indigenous peoples to return to their traditional vegan-like foodstuffs. There were traditional dances from members of the Choctaw, Muskogee, Yamassee, Navajo, Chiricahua Apache, Cheyenne and California Indians, the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Nations. Each and everyone was united in love for the environment, all indigenous peoples of the world, and an aspiration to forgive their past oppressors for the destruction of Indian nations.

       "Only when we are able to forgive them for what they have done to us, will we be able to move forward," Rawsheed assured me.

Introductions were by Council Director White Owl, then a song was sung by Muskogee Uncle Vincent. Navajo Chief and Spirit Leader Danny Ramos greeted, prayed and performed a sage ceremony, followed by words from Grand Matriarch Rachelle of "Women Nation". She also led the Morning Star Foundation Women Drum Circle and dance. Food was provided by Chief Chef Rawsheed with his tribal sister Ellie Laks, to share a traditional, plant-base food, meal, "because only then will our minds be able to think clearly and bodies to function properly," he told me. There were Words of Peace delivered from Prime Minister Kevin El followed by special songs and dances by the Red Spirit Native Band, and Navajo dancers Cheyennena Bedonie and her brother.

I was awarded the badge of Chief Griot of the YCM Nation. My slide show and lecture, with breaks, lasted for a total of three hours and the night ended with the Circle of Fire. The day was a true experience of love and peace for myself, my assistant Mela and Black Seminole Indian Scout descendant Thomi Lee Perryman, the event producer in Brackettville. A night I will remember forever. Visit them at CMYN


Many thanks to the Ken McKenzie show, "VOX POP" on radio station KOOP 91.7 (listen online)- Austin, TX for inviting me as a special guest. Ken wanted to cap-off Black History Month with history that more than likely hadn't been told during the celebration; Ancient African voyages to the Western Hemisphere and the Black Seminole Indians of Texas and Mexico. Holding the attention of the studio staff and announcers at the station for their pledge drive, Ken guided a discussion that covered a lot of information and promised to bring me back, since there was so much more to tell. I look forward to our next show.


For Your Perusal:Ancient and Early Africa History: from Kemet to European invasions: I am often asked where I get my information on Pre-Columbian Africa. The following Researchers and authors, found online, can get you started on your own search:

* Ashra Kwesi * Runoko Rashidi * Ivan Van Sertima * Yosef Ben Jochannan * Chek Anta Diop * Horace Butler * John Henrik Clarke *


Thanks to all of you in Austin who attended my free multi-media lectures in February and March, for the purpose of re-introducing the Black Seminole Indian epic. I began my work in Austin, in 1977. I publicly thank "KAZI-FM" the best radio station in the west (even online), "Mitchie's Gallery," "Resistencia-Salmon Books" "Simply Sensuous" and last but not least, a TRUE Sister, Pamela Lenny.(photo by Creative Cultures)

Mucho Gracias to Linda Cousins-Newton in Brooklyn, NY for her goodness; she's editing my next book "Muskoga - The Black Seminole Indians of Texas" (a working title) that contains about 75% of all my research (over 400 pp.)  Professor Cousins-Nelson is a very interesting, renaissance woman. Mek so hunnuh nuh know'm? You can find her online: "Free Globally - the International Underground Railroad"


Previous Historical Head Notes

On March 2, 1806, slave importation into the United States of America was outlawed by Congress. Consequently, slaves were brought in secretly along America's vast uninhabited shores. Just like the war on drugs today, they were unable to detect all contraband and the government could not police the many purchasers and promoters of the inhumane business. This commerce continued well after the initiation Emancipation Proclamation, in 1863 -- Doug Sivad,, 2011


"Be who you are..." "The Original People in the Western Hemisphere try to be somebody else. . . you cannot fail in life until you try to be someone else. Be who you are, and there is no failure. Be who you are! Because as we all know that civilization has only been defined in one way, and that's the European way." -- Philip Deere, Muskogee Medicine Man / Spiritual Leader, "San Antonio One City-Many Cultures" Conference, 1981


The Kibbitts band crossed over to Fort Duncan on July 4, 1870. A month later, on August 16, the first contingent of scouts -- Sergeant John Kibbitts, also known by the Seminole name of Siti-Tastanachee (Snake Warrior), and ten privates -- were enlisted for six months at the pay of cavalry soldiers. ...the Seminole Negro-Indian scouts...--Kenneth Wiggins Porter (considered the "Father of Seminole Studies"). From "The Seminole Negro-Indian Scouts, 1870-1881," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LV, No. 3, Jan. 1952, pp. 358-377


Wildcat had no trouble in inducing some of the Negroes to accompany him on his adventure to Mexico where they would be free. With twenty or twenty-five warriors and their families and a large number of Negroes headed by Gopher John, some Creeks and Cherokee, he set out early in the winter of 1849-50 and made a temporary stopping place on Cow Bayou, a branch of the Brazos River, in the vicinity of the residence of a number of Kickapoo Indians. -- Grant Foreman, "The Five Civilized Tribes," University of Oklahoma Press, 1934; Ch. 19; p. 262


In January, 1877, Chief John Horse was fed up with the maltreatment from Americans, gathered his people and returned to Mexico. The original Seminole Indian scouts, "the old scouts", and their families "washed the Texas dust from their horses' hooves in the Rio Grande," swearing to never return to the U.S. Scouts Dan Johnson and Cpl. George Washington (John Horse's nephew) were killed, then John Horse and his cousin Titus Payne, while walking past the Fort Clark dispensary gunshots explode from ambush in an assassination attempt on John, all by the hands of professional gunfighter King Fisher and his gang, hired by the scarey whites the scouts were protecting, to chase the Seminoles back to Mexico. Titus was killed and John was shot four times, but was saved by his blue-eyed, white horse, American, also wounded, yet came to his master's rescue. Then came the murder of MOH winner Adam Paine by MOH winner Deputy Windus who stood in the dark to empty a double barrel shotgun into Adam at close range and set the warrior afire. Chief John Horse led his people back to Nacimiento & El Burro.


Comanche Biological Warfare: "At the beginning of 1857 an enemy grimmer than Comanche raider of Texas slaver swooped down a on the Seminole -- la viruel negra or smallpox. First, it struck the bands of Coyote and Wildcat, recently returned from expeditions and camped at Alto. The plague, then spread to Nacimiento and late in January the panic-stricken Indians were fleeing into the hills in a vain search for safety. By March the disease had spent itself among the Indians, but twenty-eight women and twenty-five men had perished, including nineteen warriors and both Wild Cat and Coyote. The Negroes were assailed next, 'although,' according to physician in charge, 'they suffered less, being more regular in the observance of curative methods and of the diet which the disease demands'; hereditary resistance was in actuality probably more significant. By the middle of March the pestilence was over and the fugitives had returned to Nacimiento." -- Kenneth Wiggins Porter, "The Seminoles in Mexico, 1850-1861," The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. XXXI, February, 1951, No. 1


On July 4, 1870, these Seminole warriors arrived at Fort Duncan, TX to volunteer for scouting duties for the U.S. Army. They agreed to serve at six month intervals and paid as regular cavalry soldiers: John Kibbitt (Juan Kibbitt; Siti-tastanachee)), Seminole Sub-Chief, 64 yrs., born and fought in Florida; was ranked as Sergeant, his warriors, privates. * Joe Dixie, age 19, Seminole born in Mexico * Dindie Factor, 21, Seminole newborn during flight from Arkansas Territory (Indian Territory) in 1849 * Hardie Factor (60), Seminole Chief of Factor Clan, was ranked as Sergeant * Pompie Factor (16) Seminole born in Mexico, won Medal of Honor * Adam Fay (18) Seminole born in Mexico * Bobby Kibbitt (20) Seminole newborn in flight Arkansas Territory (I.T.) * John Thompson (18) Seminole or Tsalagi born in Mexico, from the Arkansas Territory (I.T.); John Ward (Juan Warrior), age 20; a Creek Indian from east Texas living in Mexico when the Seminoles arrived in Mexico, 1850; stuttered badly and couldn't say his name for recruiters; received Medal of Honor George Washington, 21, newborn during flight from Arkansas Territory (I.T.); from the Negro Abraham family in Arkansas Territory. Descriptions by Doug Sivad,List compiled by Bennie McRae, Jr,


A kidnapping campaign, principally by whites and creek half-breeds, with the objective of seizing Seminole Negro women and children, under a fabricated bill of sale or by sheer force, and running them into Arkansas or Louisiana for sale, was a decisive factor in deciding many Negroes and Indians to leave the Territory. The Negroes feared for the freedom of themselves and families; the Indians, some of whom were relatives or friends of the Negroes, also valued them as allies and associates, because of their superior knowledge of money, horses, agriculture, and the English language, and resented being deprived of their assistance. The more militant Seminole were by 1849 prepared to seek refuge in Mexico, which they knew to be a land of freedom although terribly devastated by the wild Indians. A country therefore in which such fighting-men as the Seminole might expect a welcome. -- Kenneth Wiggins Porter, "The Seminole In Mexico, 1850-1861,"The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. XXXI, February, 1951, No. 1


John Horse's behind-the-throne influence may have been influential here. The Negro chief is still remembered for his insistence on amity with all Mexicans and strict avoidance of involvement in civil conflict. "The Seminole would never fight with one bunch of Mexicans against another. Here we are," John Horse would say, "all living as in one house. How can I take up a gun and kill you, who are my brother, or how can I take up a gun for you and kill that other man, who is also my brother.-- Kenneth Wiggins Porter, "The Seminole In Mexico, 1850-1861,"The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. XXXI, February, 1951, No. 1


The Cimarones (free Africans; Maroon; Cimarrons; Seminole Istalusti) were the original Seminoles of Florida, labeled so by Spanish colonizers. The term originally meant wild, like stray cattle, with no ethnicity implied by the description. The Black Indian Oconee Muskogee of Georgia who separated from the Creek Federation and resettled in Florida among the Cimarones had no "R" in their language, so the term became "Cimalone" after 1750, then later "Seminole." Edited from Barry Fell, "America B.C.," Pocket Books, New York, 1976, 1989.


Today, from the back lands of New Jersey through Appalachia, southward into Texas and even across the Mexican border, the descendants of many of maroons who chose to cast their lot with Indians can still be found, largely forgotten, and often desperately poor. It seems quite likely that some maroon traditions are kept alive in these people. Richard Price, Maroon Societies, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1979


"Though referred to by some white observers as slaves to the Indians, General Edmund P. Gaines described them more accurately as "vassals and allies". They lived in separate villages; had their own fields, flocks, and herds; habitually carried arms; went into battle under their own captains; and, except for an annual tribute in corn to the chiefs who were their protectors, were as free as the Indians themselves. In fact, their knowledge of the English language and of the white mans ways and their superior industry and prosperity gave them such influence that some observers styled them the real rulers of the Seminole nation. They took a leading part in the resistance to the annexation of Florida and the Seminole removal but were finally transported, along with Indians, to the Indian Territory, where they were exposed to the danger of kidnapping by whites and Creeks." Kenneth W. Porter, "The Seminole Negro-Indian Scouts, 1870-1881," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LV, No. 3, January, 1952, p. 359.


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