A Prairie Experience VI

Mark Saturday, Octotber 10th, 2015 on your calendars and plan to join as we celebrate the 6th Annual Legacy Plaza fundraising dinner and host the grand opening of The Texas Botanical Gardens

Our fundraiser, A Prairie Experience, will be on Saturday, Oct. 10th from 5pm to 9pm. The event will feature a refreshment hour with exhibit tours of The Gardens, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as cultural presentations by members of the Comanche Nation in ceremonial dress.

Between 5 P.M. and 6:30 P.M., guests will have the opportunity to learn about different facets of the Native American Culture.

Elder Rita Coosewoon and other members of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma will be dancing on the ridge line in the Gardens and showcasing their horse regalia which is amazing bead work.

In our amphitheater, Legacy Plaza Board Member Melissa Sturdivant, a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, will play her flute and discuss the significance of the flute with our guests.

Under a pecan tree near the children’s’ garden, Elder Ted Herrera who is a tribal leader of the Tlaxcalteca Nation and Affiliated Tribes of Texas will discuss the significance of the bison/buffalo to our guests.

Special Guests for 2015

Elder Rita Coosewoon
Elder Rita Coosewoon is a Tribal Elder of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. As a Comanche War Mother, Elder Rita is the matriarch of her family. She and her family have spent their lives helping, mentoring, and spiritually uplifting people of all races and ages across the nation. In particular, Elder Rita is an advocate and teacher of her Comanche ways of life, helping her community to keep their culture thriving for the next seven generations– she relates stories of Comanche life and is a teacher of the Comanche language. Elder Coosewoon and her family members will share their language and culture through dance, drum and prayer. Elder Rita resides near Lawton, Oklahoma, with her family.

Elder Teodosio Herrera
Elder Teodosio “Ted” Herrera is a Tribal leader of the Tlaxcalteca and Affiliated Tribes of Texas. Ted is also the founder and Spiritual Leader of the Rio Grande Native American Church. Elder Ted is truly a steward of souls and of our natural resources working to ensure a sustainable future for our indigenous ways of life. Elder Herrera serves in leadership roles in his community and across the nation–he is a long-time consultant to the State Techincal Advisory Committee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas where he provides holistic perspectives, analyses and recommendations regarding conservation of natural resources and implementation of the US Farm Bill in Texas. In addition to many other leadership roles, Ted also serves as a Consultant to the Texas Historical Commission on investigations of artifacts for disposition when uncovered by construction work on Texas highways.

Elder Herrera has partnered with the SHAPE Ranch in South Texas to help revitalize the buffalo population in its southern range so that it becomes a sustainable resource for Indigenous People and their ways of life, economically and spiritually. Learn why the buffalo is sacred to Indigenous People and how it contiunes to be a part of our lives today. Among his many awards and honors, Elder Herrera is designated as a Sequoyah Fellow with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and serves as an Elder with the American Indian-Alaska Native Employees Association for NRCS (AIANEA). Ted retired in 1998 as a Program Manager for Kelly Air Force Base and resides in San Antonio with his wife Jo Ann.

Melissa Sturdivant
Melissa Sturdivant is a Tribal Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and works as a Soil Conservationist in Goldthwaite with the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She coordinates the American Indian Program for Texas NRCS and mentors American Indian youth across the state regarding access to resources and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies, in addition to helping and mentoring American Indian employees with her Agency. As a certified educator, she is an advocate for education and stewardship, and she serves on the National Scholarship Committee for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Each day, Melissa blends her heritage with her profession as a resource conservationist – her connectedness with the land is evident as she teaches landowners about indigenous stewardship methods to help them manage their natural resources. Melissa will share information about her Tribe and also play the Native American flute. Melissa lives in Coleman County with her husband, Rodney.

Ronnie Fauss
Ronnie Fauss grew up in the brutal Texas heat where 95o often constitutes a nice night, and where a man may seek relief through the nearest watering hole or under the chords of a freshly-tuned guitar. Possessing a unique voice in the alt-country vein seamlessly stretching towards moments of Americans and folk, Fauss is both optimist and realist, chasing his dream girl down a long dirt road and lamenting the struggles of his friends and neighbors, which serve as a microcosm for the country at large. The Dallas-based singer songwriter is a gifted bare bones storyteller singing in warm, personal tones accentuated by flourishes of fiddle, organ, steel and electric guitar, and Ronnie will share his music throughout the evening.

Contact Executive Director Jan Fischer to make your reservation for the fundraiser or to request more information about either event.
RSVP by Tuesday, September 22nd

Tel : (325) 642-7527
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