The event has grown each year, and more than 150 people are expected to participate this year. However, due to new state and city rules, a parade fee for insurance will be required.
Registration will begin at noon on Ennis Joslin Road and South Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi. Individual smudging will begin immediately after and is strongly suggested. Blessing of the grounds will begin about 1 p.m. Indian time with the 2.5 miles procession shortly afterward. Larry Running Turtle will begin the march with a brief history of the area and a reminder that this event is not a demonstration or a parade but a somber walk.
As Larry explained, “We are there in mourning, so we concentrate on the drum, the tobacco that is spread over ground so that we walk on prayers, and the person leading the march that is smudging the ground. We also concentrate on the prayer ties in our hands. It is a true re-blessing of the area where the desecration has been done.”
The ceremonies will conclude at a separate site in Woodbridge Road.
All Native American veterans are honored with an invitation to lead the procession, and all people with a love of Native culture are invited to participate at this opportunity to be a part of Corpus Christi’s forgotten history. Group banners/flags are encouraged to represent your nation or group. Regalia is encouraged but not necessary for participation.
Also, a commemorative coin with a silhouette of the monument to be built on these sacred grounds will be offered by the staff of the event. All proceeds will go toward the monument fund.
For more information, contact Larry Running Turtle Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-563-6702. Visit the website at www.staip.webs.com and www.ISHKAmonument.webs.com.