Schedule of Events

June 17-20, 2021

Activities will take place both at the Medicine Mounds (MM) and in the city of Quanah (Q). Non-campers are invited to attend. All attendees must review and sign liability release to enter the Medicine Mound grounds and/or participate in any events.

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Subsets of schedule: History and culture speakersLive music

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2021

  • 7 to 9 AM (Q) - Breakfast Tacos at 2nd and Mercer.
  • 8 AM (MM) - Campground opens. All campers must register and sign waiver.
  • 8 AM to 6 PM (Q) - The Quanah Parker Center at 123 Main Street will be open for registration, information, merchandise, and event materials.
  • 10 AM to 3 PM (MM) – Downtown Medicine Mound Museum will be open.
  • 10 AM to 5 PM (Q) – The Hardeman County Historical Museum at 102 Mercer will be open.
  • 11:30 AM (MM) – Lunch
      Parker Family Fry Bread and Indian Tacos
      Holy Smokes BBQ
      Buffalo Burgers
  • 2 PM (MM)– Ceremonial dancers, drummers, and gourd dancing
  • 5 PM (MM)– Break for dinner
      Parker Family Fry Bread and Indian Tacos
      Holy Smokes BBQ
      Buffalo Burgers
  • 5:30 to 8 PM (Q) – Quanah Parker Medicine Mounds Gathering Kickoff Event
    Location: 2nd and Mercer in downtown Quanah. Bring your lawn chairs!
    Food Trucks at 2nd and Mercer / Native American Tacos and Fry Bread at the Hunter's Lodge
    Live music featuring musical guests Monica Taylor, Travis Fite, Jared Tyler, and Casey Van Beek
  • 8 PM (MM) - Men's and Women's Sweat Lodges
    Must be registered. Limited to 15 men and 15 women each night.
  • 8 PM (MM) - Campfire gathering under the stars with stories, drums, and music.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021

  • 7 AM (MM) - Breakfast (campers only).
  • 7 to 9 AM (Q) - Breakfast Tacos at 2nd and Mercer.
  • 6 to 9 AM (Q) - Free breakfast at the Quanah Country Club.
    Must register beforehand to attend.
  • 8 AM (MM) - Bus departs for Quanah.
  • 8 AM to 6 PM (Q) - The Quanah Parker Center at 123 Main Street will be open for registration, information, merchandise, and event materials.
  • 9:30 AM (Q) - Opening Ceremonies with drums and dancers
    Location: Hardeman County Courthouse in Quanah at 300 Main Street
  • 10 AM to 3 PM (MM) – Downtown Medicine Mound Museum will be open.
  • 10 AM to 5 PM (Q) – The Hardeman County Historical Museum at 102 Mercer will be open.
  • 11 AM to 1 PM (Q) – Lunch and Live Music: Bob Dabbs from Austin, TX will play a variety of country, blues, and maybe even a Beatles or Elvis tune.
    Location: Old Bank Saloon, 2nd and Main.
    Food Trucks at 2nd & Mercer and Native American Cooking at the Hunter's Lodge.
  • 1 to 4:30 PM (Q) – Seminars on Comanche Culture and History.
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium, 501 West 7th.
  • 1 to 5 PM (Q) – Authors will be available for book signings.
    Location: Foyer of Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th.
  • 1 to 2 PM (Q) – Parker Family Panel
    Bob Saul, President of History Partners, Inc., MyComancheria Institute, and Star House Preservation, Inc., panel moderator
    Ron Parker, Captain, U.S. Army, Retired, and great-grandson of Quanah
      "The Quanah Parker Society"
    Dr. Jacquetta McClung, Professor of Business, Retired, and great-granddaughter of Quanah
      "The Mennonite Missions and Schools"
    Don Parker, spiritual leader and keeper of knowledge from the old ones, and great-grandson of Quanah
      "Comanche Spirituality and the Native American Church"
    Bill Neeley, historian and author. Comanche name, given by Quanah's grandson James Cox, is Chatuhbotha ("Good Writer"). Adopted by Parker family and given the same name.
    "Comanche Trail of Tears" - about the campground located just southwest of current-day Quanah, Texas.
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th
  • 2 PM (MM) – Comanche cultural presentations and demonstrations
  • 2:15 to 3:15 PM (Q) - Dr. Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, Associate Professor, History Department, Texas State University, San Marcos
    Dr. Rivaya-Martínez specializes in the history of the indigenous peoples of the US-Mexico Borderlands and the southern Great Plains during the 18th and 19th centuries. His lecture, "Comanches and the Land: a Symbiotic Relationship," will discuss how the Comanches related to the land and made use of natural resources before they entered the reservation in 1875. He will accompany his lecture with a PowerPoint presentation showing important Comanche sites and landmarks on both sides of the Rio Grande.
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th
  • 2:30 to 4:30 PM (Q) - Live Music: Gary S. Pratt from Davis, OK will play traditional classic country tunes as well as some originals.
    Location: Old Bank Saloon, 2nd and Main
  • 3:15 to 3:30 PM (Q) – Break between lectures in the Auditorium.
  • 3 PM (MM) – Open Gourd Dance
  • 3:30 to 4:30 PM (Q) – Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) Panel
    Lanny Asepermy, Sergeant-Major, U.S. Army, Ret., panel moderator
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th
  • 5 to 7 PM (Q) – Food trucks at 2nd and Mercer
  • 6 PM (MM) – Bus departs for Larry Gatlin concert. If you have purchased tickets for the Meet & Greet, it starts at 6 PM. Do not rely on the bus arriving in Quanah on time.
  • 6 PM - Larry Gatlin Meet & Greet begins.
    Ticket required ($50). Limit 50.
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th
  • 6:15 PM - Doors open for Larry Gatlin Concert
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th.
  • 6:30 PM - Opening acts for Larry Gatlin Concert begin (The Red Dirt Rangers and Darby Sparkman)
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th.
    Ticket required ($40-75).
  • 7:30 PM - Larry Gatlin takes the stage
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th.
    Ticket required ($40-75).
  • 8 PM (MM) - Men's and Women's Sweat Lodges
    Must be registered. Limited to 15 men and 15 women each night.
  • 8 PM (MM) - Medicine Mound Activities: Ceremonial Lodge; Campfire Gathering; Open Mic Session; Stories, Drum, Guitar, Flute
  • 9:30 to 11 PM (Q) - After Concert Jam - The Red Dirt Rangers and Friends.
    Location: Old Bank Saloon at the corner of 2nd Street and Main Street

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021

  • 6 AM (MM) - Arrive for Spiritual Sunrise Song.
  • 6:28 AM (MM) - Sunrise and Spiritual Sunrise Song with Don Parker, spiritual leader and keeper of knowledge from the old ones.
  • 7 AM (MM) - Breakfast (campers only).
  • 7 to 9 AM (Q) - Breakfast Tacos at 2nd and Mercer.
  • 8 AM (MM) - Spiritual Journey to the Medicine Mound
    Free; reservations required.
  • 8 AM (Q) - Quanah Parker Inaugural 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
    Location: Corner of 2nd and Mercer
  • 8 AM to 6 PM (Q) - The Quanah Parker Center at 123 Main Street will be open for registration, information, merchandise, and event materials.
  • 10 AM to 3 PM (MM) – Downtown Medicine Mound Museum will be open.
  • 10 AM to 5 PM (Q) – The Hardeman County Historical Museum at 102 Mercer will be open.
  • 11 AM to 1 PM (Q) – Lunch - Food Trucks at 2nd & Mercer and Native American Cooking at the Hunter's Lodge.
  • 11 AM to 1 PM (Q) – Lunch and Live Original Music: Tim Martin, Comanche, Texas.
    Tim makes the Spirit of the West come alive.
    Location: Old Bank Saloon, 2nd and Main.
  • 11:30 AM (MM) – Lunch
      Parker Family Fry Bread and Indian Tacos
      Holy Smokes BBQ
      Buffalo Burgers
  • 1 to 6 PM (Q) – Seminars on Comanche Culture and History.
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium, 501 West 7th.
  • 1 to 6 PM (Q) – Authors will be available for book signings.
    Location: Foyer of Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th.
  • 1 to 1:30 PM (Q) – Sylvia Gann Mahoney, educator, author, editor
    "How Quanah Parker Recruited the Doan Family to Open a Trading Post."
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th Street
  • 1:30 PM (MM) – Concurrent activities/sessions
  • 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM (Q) – W.K. (Kip) Stratton
    "What Really Happened at the so-called Battle of the Pease River"
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th Street
  • 2-5 PM (MM) – Open Gourd Dance
  • 2:30 to 3:30 PM (Q) - Live Original Music: Jack Tidwell, Marlow, OK.
    Original songs and the latest from the new release "I am an Outlaw".
    Location: Old Bank Saloon, 2nd & Main
  • 2:45 - 3:15 PM (Q) – Shane Lance, author and co-editor, Quanah Tribune-Chief
    "Discovering the Past: Stories of Quanah"
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th Street
  • 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM (Q) – Steve Houser, arborist and author
    "Indian Marker Trees of Texas"
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th Street
  • 4:30 PM - 5 PM (Q) – Ben Sandifer, author and ethonobotanist
    "Medicine Mound Flora and Fauna"
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th Street
  • 4:30 to 6:30 PM (Q) - Live Original Music: The Red Dirt Rangers, Tulsa, OK.
    The roots of the original Red Dirt movement comes to Quanah with over 30 years of original material.
    Location: Old Bank Saloon at the corner of 2nd Street and Main Street
  • 5 PM (MM) – Dinner
      Parker Family Fry Bread and Indian Tacos
      Holy Smokes BBQ
      Buffalo Burgers
  • 5 PM to Late (Q) – Food Trucks at 2nd & Mercer and Native American Cooking at the Hunter's Lodge and the Old Bank Saloon.
  • 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM (Q) – Dennis Call, author
    "Through the Eyes of an Outsider"
    Location: Quanah High School Auditorium at 501 West 7th Street
  • 6 PM (MM) – Concurrent activities/sessions
  • 8 PM (MM) - Men's and Women's Sweat Lodges
    Must be registered. Limited to 15 men and 15 women each night.
  • 9 PM to 12 AM (Q) – Live Music: Hillbilly Weed featuring Jason Swindell and the Lubbock All-Stars.
    Your favorite C&W and Dance tunes all night long under the stars.
    Location: 2nd and Mercer. Bring your lawn-chairs and dancing shoes!
  • 9:30 PM - Campfire gathering under the stars with stories, drums, and music

SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021

  • 7 AM (MM) - Breakfast (campers only).
  • 7 to 9 AM (Q) - Breakfast Tacos at 2nd and Mercer.
  • 2 PM (MM) - Break camp.
  • (Q) - No activities on Sunday.

Key: MM = at Medicine Mounds (map); Q = in Quanah, Texas (map)