Production Trip To Mexico In May, 2018
May 20 - May 27Free
We are busy preparing for our next production trip which will take us to the northeastern Mexican sate of Coahuila. Traveling by road from Eagle Pass, TX, we will stop and film interviews and additional footage with key storytellers in Zaragoza. From there we head southwest to Nacimiento de los Negros, where historical records indicate Sequoyah died and was buried in a “cave.” We are very excited to be meeting with the rancho owner who will show us the cave on his property where Sequoyah is allegedly buried. We will film interviews with the landowner and others with knowledge of the cave’s legendary role in the story of Sequoyah’s last days in Mexico. We are also hoping to meet with and interview elders from the Mexican Kickapoo tribe in this area who have oral histories of Sequoyah’s final travels there and who may be able to shed some light on Sequoyah’s son, who traveled to Mexico with his father and stayed behind after his death, allegedly marrying into the Mexican Kickapoo tribe. Might we discover his descendants there today? We’ll find out.
Proof that Cherokees were once in this area was evident at a local cemetery our team visited last fall when they discovered a grave with the simple marking “Cherokee.” As we get closer to the truth regarding Sequoyah’s final resting place, we are reminded of the words of former Executive Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK, Candessa Tehee, speculating “what if we find where he was buried…we have ways to send our people on…and he didn’t get to have that. So wouldn’t it be nice to bring him home.”