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Voyage for Native American Awareness
Update # 7

July 4, 2011

City Of Livermore

All who took part in the Voyage for Native American Awareness 2011 would again like to offer our sincere thanks to the people of Livermore, Kentucky. Your interest in our culture and heritage, your hospitality, and your kindness will be treasured by us all. There are not words enough to say how much we appreciate our welcome there. When things got so bad from the storms we endured (equipment damaged and/or destroyed) it was “Sonny” and Ann Renfrow, and Jimbo Chambers to the rescue. They helped us get off the river during those storms and back to where we met with our land support team. Again, it was simply awesome how many of you came to our camp, there in Livermore, to talk and visit with us. We look forward very much to a trade camp in Livermore during Voyage for Native American Awareness 2012. We hope to see all of you there. Until then, since we have no words for good-bye, we will say dodadagohvi (until we all meet again) and we ask the Creator to bless and watch over you, one and all.
Participants and supporters of
Voyage for Native American awareness 2011

Centenary United Methodist Church

 This letter goes out as a “thank you” to all the people of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. All who took part in the Voyage for Native American Awareness 2011 offer our sincere thanks for your donation for food for the canoeists and for gas money to get the food to them. We want you to know that you helped a great deal in the success of our voyage this year. The voyage created many new friendships and, while sharing our culture and heritage with others, we learned much about the history and people along the Green River. As you know, we will make this voyage each year to bring more awareness as to the Native American presence, history, and culture here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Though the voyage is not always an easy one, it is people like you who lessen the hardships and help make what we do worthwhile. We look forward to meeting you and working with you in the future. Again, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your help and support. We ask that the Creator bless and be with each of you in all that you do.
Participants and Supporters of
Voyage for Native American Awareness 2011

Voyage For Native American

Awareness 2011


To view the entire photo album of the 2009 Voyage For Native American Awareness, please use

the provided link below

Voyage For Native American Awareness 2009

Here are some of the photos from that album


To see from the 2011 Voyage For Native American Awaress, please

use the provided link below

Voyage For Native American Awareness 2011

While keeping up with the Voyage 2011, here are some tasty recipes for you to try out.

Tatanka Loaf

2 pounds of ground bison meat
2 eggs, beaten
1/2-cup milk
1-cup bread crumbs
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2-cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Mix all the ingredients together; place the mixture in a loaf pan or shape mixture into a loaf and place in a cooking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until firm when pressed in the center of loaf

Sloppy Tatankas

2 – 3 pounds of ground bison meat
1 cup of finely chopped onions
1 small can of tomato paste (6 oz.)
1/4 cup of ketchup
2 tablespoons of Worchester sauce
2 tablespoons of prepared mustard
2 teaspoons of seasoned salt
1 teaspoon of chili powder

Cook the ground bison meat and onions in a frying pan or pot over a medium high heat until bison meat is browned and the onions are soft. Stir the bison meat with a potato masher to break it apart as it cooks. Drain off the fat. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well, and cook until heated through.
Serve on hamburger buns.
Serves 8 to 12 people..

Voyage for Native American Awareness
Update # 6

June 27th, 2011

    First of all, I would like to thank all who have worked to make this voyage a success. It has been just that, a huge success. We have already talked to more people than we did on the entire trip down the Ohio in 2009. We have made many, many new friends and learned much about the history of places along the Green river as well as learning their cultures while sharing ours with them. We have also gathered much support on issues that Native Americans deal with here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. All the canoeists are doing well, no injuries this year. We have had to again leave the river because of heavy storms, lightening, and massive amounts of rain. Some of the equipment was damaged and/or destroyed. The banks of the river are ankle to knee deep mud and the safety of the canoeists being our first priority; we pulled them off the river. The trade camp at Henderson is still planned for this coming week-end, Saturday and Sunday (July 2nd and 3rd). We have located, on this trip, possible camps for the canoeists for next year that will be better camping with any needed help nearby. It has gone very well this year even with the hardships and we are already making plans for next year. I truly wish we had more to participate as there are so many memories and new friends made from voyages like this. To put it another way; you just don’t know what you’re missing. Again, everyone’s fine and looking forward to Henderson, we sure hope to see everyone there. Everyone take care and may the Creator bless and be with you in all that you do.

2 Feather (Jerry Thornton) 

To the city of Livermore
Osiyo (greetings) all,
    We, all who are involved in the Voyage for Native American Awareness, wish to extend a sincere wado (thank you) to the city of Livermore and all the people there. I can’t remember when we have had a bigger or better welcome than we had there in your beautiful city. When we rowed into town with our escort, a bald eagle, and saw your mayor, “Sonny”, and his wife Ann waiting for us at the boat dock, we knew it would go well there. We just didn’t know HOW well. We no sooner had gotten our camp set up before many of you came to visit and make us welcome. We were awestruck as to the number of people that stopped by to welcome us, to bring us food, to make sure we were as comfortable as possible, and to share your history and culture while learning about ours. We enjoyed our time there more than I can say, and made many, many new friends. We also greatly enjoyed talking to and doing things with the children as they are the future of our country and the world. We will be back there in Livermore on Friday, June 24th, and will continue our journey from there, leaving on Saturday, June 25th. Please feel free to come and visit with us on Friday before we leave. Again, we want to thank all of you for the great visit and the wonderful memories all of you gave to us. All of you take care and may the Creator bless and be with you in all that you do.

Native Americans of Kentucky

P.S. “for the children”

Osiyo (O-see-yo)… the only recognized greeting in Cherokee
Wado (wah-doe)… thank you
Sgi  (ski)…you are welcome
Tsiyu  usti  (chee-you  uu-stee)…Tsi yu (boat)…usti (little or small) = canoe

There are no words for good-bye
Donadagohvi (doe-nah-dah-go-huh-ee) until we meet again…to one person
Dodadagohvi (doe-dah-dah-go-huh-ee) until we meet again…to more than one person

Voyage for Native American Awareness
Update # 5

June 22, 2011
Due to recent amounts of rain that has fallen, and the location of the second trade camp, it has become necessary to by-pass the second trade camp because of the amount of mud at that location. Those who were to meet us at Curdsville please meet us instead at Livermore (site of the first trade camp) as we will be there on Friday, June 24th, and will leave out the morning of June 25th, enrooted to the third trade camp at Henderson. These changes had to be made because of the ground conditions at the Curdsville site. Again we ask for support from the Native American communities as we had a great number of people to talk to in Livermore and there were very few of us there. We ARE doing what we set out to do in getting the message out but we can use your help. Many thanks go out to those who are already helping. Everyone take care and may the Creator bless and watch over you, one and all.

2 Feather

Voyage Update # 4
June 20, 2011
The heavy rains and with one of the Voyagers needing to pull out of the Voyage due to health reasons, the Voyage will delay departing from Livermore until this weekend. This will allow time for weather improvement and for a replacement to join the Voyage. The Voyage will then restart and the stop at Curdsville will be canceled. The Voyage will conclude at Henderson on schedule.

Voyage Update # 3

June 18, 2011
Finally heard from the Voyagers around 6:00 PM EST.-Several hundred people showed to meet with at Trade Camp 1. The public support there was well appreciated. The Voyagers heas out Monday June 20, 2011.

We have received an email from a person they met up with in Livermore.

My name is Kandi Brown, my husband is Larry Brown. We met ya'll on June 17, 2011, when you came down the Green River and stopped in Livermore, KY. My husband is the flint knapper, they set up with you at the pavillion. We are the ones that camp every week-end at the campgrounds, and he was the one with the War Eagle boat. It sure was a pleasure to meet you, keep up the good work!!

If you would like to email the Voyagers some words of support, just email us here at The Hunting Ground and we'll post it on this page for them to see. 

Voyage Update # 2

June 17, 2011

Finally heard back from the Voyagers, their cell phones not working well there. They getting ready for the Trade Camp 1 for this week there in Livermore. They reconmended using the web link to the city of Livermore for details that are going on there. The link is:  City Of Livermore

Voyage Update # 1
June 13, 2011
We heard from the Voyagers around 5:00 PM EST.
They were 7 miles from Central City.
They traveled 16 miles today, twice as far than they expected.
They plan on arriving in Livermore on Wednesday June 15th.
They plan on assisting the city of Livermore clean up the for this weekend's trade camp. They will contact us again on Wednesday, so please stay tuned for more details.

To celebrate Kentucky’s rich historical heritage, and to help create awareness about Native American people in our Commonwealth, a second annual canoe trip is being planned for June. This unique river journey is endorsed by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and several Native American veterans and cultural organizations.

On June 13th, canoes will enter the water on the downriver side of Lock #3 on the Green River (at Rochester) and will travel to the junction of the Ohio River at Henderson, Kentucky. There will be 3 (three) “trade camps” set up along the trip to highlight support for Native American issues in Kentucky and to allow the public to see and take part in activities. One trade camp will be set up in Livermore (at the river) on June 18th and 19th. Another will be at Curdsville on June 25th and 26th. The third will be at Henderson on July 2nd and 3rd.

The trip will end on July 3rd in Henderson, Ky. at the trade camp there. Travel will only take place during the day and participants will coordinate with the Corps of Engineers throughout the length of the trip.

Several canoes are expected to make this second historical voyage. The public is invited to participate in all or in a portion of the trip. Experienced canoeists are especially welcomed, but anyone wishing to participate may call the contact persons listed below for more information.

2 Feather (Jerry Thornton) at 502-354-0123 OR

Walks 2 Heart Trail (John Kiper)@502-634-4927/

Momfeather (Erickson) at 270-826-3822 OR

If you cannot join us on the water, support would be appreciated in the form of monetary contributions, loan of canoes, paddles and life preservers.
One purpose of this trip is to highlight Kentucky’s Native American heritage and celebrate our contributions to this great Commonwealth. This will be an educational as well as a cultural event. In addition to participants gaining a greater appreciation for the Native American presence in Kentucky, they will learn of legislative efforts to advance issues of concern to Native People and to preserve the rich heritage and treasures of the Commonwealth.
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