Bosque Redondo Memorial: Commemorating 150 Years since the Treaty of 1868

Bosque Redondo Memorial: Commemorating 150 Years since the Treaty of 1868

June 8, 2018 10:00 am
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June 9, 2018 06:00 pm
Historic Sites

Friday, June 8th will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for Navajo and Mescalero Apache visitors to shape a museum’s interpretation of their cultural history. On Saturday, June 9th visitors will have a chance to participate in a recreation of the Navajo return to the homeland to promote solidarity and reconciliation.

Also on Saturday, the 150th Treaty celebration will host cultural dances, respected speakers from tribal and state government, along with tribal elders sharing their oral traditions as they pertain to the hardships and resilience of life both during the reservation era as well as the post reservation era.  Traditional foods and artisans will be on site in support the event and the culture.

After the event, visitors will have the option to participate in a 6.5-mile walk/run, led by DCA, from Bosque Redondo Memorial to Fort Sumner High School in honor of the Navajo return to the homeland.  Upon arriving at the high school, visitors can choose whether to continue the 350-mile walk back to Window Rock, AZ or remain at the high school for refreshments.

Friday, June 8

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Sneak peek of the new exhibition at Bosque Redondo with feedback sessions held throughout the day.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch available from on-site vendors.
  • 1  to 3 p.m.- Speakers series, featuring: Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum; Holly Houghton, Mescalero Apache Tribal Historic Preservation Office; Eldon Potter/Bryan Potter of Bryan Potter Design, exhibit designers; Morgen Young, project historian and historical research associate, Jeff Pappas, State Historic Preservation Officer/ Director New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m. – Sharing of Oral Histories, featuring; Suzanne Hudson, a Navajo tribal member who tells the stories handed down from her fourth and third great grandmothers who were at the Bosque Redondo concentration camp. Suzanne tells her ancestors’ stories through pictorial quilts she has crafted.

Saturday, June 9

  • 10 a.m. to noon- Formal commemoration of the Navajo Treaty of 1868 with speakers from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe and New Mexico government.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch available from on-site vendors.
  • Noon - Cultural dances and presentations.
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m. - Commemorative 7-mile walk of remembrance from the Bosque Redondo Memorial to Fort Sumner High School. Visitors are encouraged to participate.

To learn more call 575.355.2573.