Convergence On Sacred Ground
This Nebraska 150th Anniversary Signature Event will feature a convergence of the varied cultures of people that traversed and occupied Ash Hollow during the 18th and 19th centuries. The event will address a 200-year history of Native Americans and their connections with fur traders, militia, emigrants and ranchers who homesteaded the area. Native Americans are invited to tell their stories and participate in the planning of the event, providing an opportunity for reuniting spiritually with the past and moving forward as welcomed guests to the hollow in the future.
Historians, academics and performers will lead a discussion series throughout the event and tell the history of the area around Ash Hollow and the transformation that occurred during these years. Topics will include Native American Indian wars, the American Indian treaties, relocation and attempts of assimilation of cultures. U.S. military history of the area, including Fort Grattan and area forts and military strategies, will be explained. Diary readings will tell the emigrant and fur trader’s stories, demonstrations of life on the prairie through these inhospitable years will be provided, and the Nebraska ranch story will be shared with demonstrations of cattle branding, herding, and explanation of how brands and fencing wire evolved. Heritage families of the area are invited to participate in the commemoration of their personal histories and a day camp with children’s programs will teach native language, arts, beaded pony period arts, music and customs instructed by native artisans. Adult workshops will be included for visitors to participate and gain an appreciation for the sacrifices and challenges of this historical period.