Honor The Treaty Powwow

Although the Comanche Powwow at Fort Martin Scott in was prohibited by the Fredericksburg Mayor and City Council in 2012, people from around the world have signed our petition to voice their loud support for this historic powwow.

As a result of this support, we have moved the powwow to an alternative location within Fredericksburg and will continue to honor this  remarkable treaty with the 3rd Annual “Honor The Treaty” powwow in 2015.

The political decision to cancel the Comanche Powwow at Fort Martin Scott was a great act of disrespect to both the German settlers who founded Fredericksburg and to the Comanche people whom first lived in the surrounding area. These two cultures came together and signed a historic treaty in 1847 to forever live in friendship and trade for the betterment of all future generations.

Because of this treaty, the soldiers at Fort Martin Scott never had to fight a single battle with the Comanche people, who had lived in this area for many years before the Germans arrived, and the treaty was proof that different cultures could find a common ground and live in peace.

Sponsored By The Comanche Nation

A Word From the Comanche Nation

copy-comanche_nation.jpg“On Feb. 16, 2012 the Comanche Business Committee officially endorsed the effort of the Fort Martin Scott Museum Association in their effort of sustaining the history of the 1847 Treaty and culture of the Comanche Nation by their proposed action to memorialize the powwow grounds on the Fort Martin Scott historical site.

Endorsement signers from the Comanche Nation were: Johnny Wauqua, Edward Eschiti, Robert Tippeconnie, Ronald Red Elk, Yonevea Terry, Darrell Kosechequetah, and Robert Komahcheet Jr.

Please sign the petition on this website to reinstate the Comanche Powwow and other cultural events that so many people loved to attend throughout the years.”

charlotte_smiling Open Letter of Special Thanks
from Charlotte Niyah McCurtain

I would like to thank everyone for signing the “Honor the Treaty” petition and for your comments about the importance of honoring the 1847 Treaty between the German settlers of Fredericksburg and the Comanches.

For decades before the signing of the 1847 Treaty, my ancestors (Comanches) traveled through Texas to Mexico. Passage to Mexico was near the then small town of Fredericksburg, Texas. My great grandmother, Takey yetchy (Stands and Speaks) was born during one of the journeys to Mexico. Therefore the 1847 Treaty has a strong significance to my Comanche family – Chappabitty/Quassycheeky.

Our family’s annual powwow celebrates the birthplace of Takey yetchy and the Treaty. We just held our twelfth annual family powwow on May 4th, 2013. This year’s powwow was a traditional powwow with no competitive dancing, only intertribal. We were pleased with the turnout.

We would like to thank all those that attended, in particular, the German consulate representatives. We would also like to thank the volunteers and supporters that donated their time to make the powwow a success.

A special thanks to the family that donated their building for the powwow. That was a gracious donation that we will never forget. If it wasn’t for the donated use of the building we would not have been able to have the powwow. This is because the old powwow grounds on the historical site of Fort Martin Scott have been made unavailable to the Chappabitty/Quassycheeky family thru actions of the Fredericksburg Mayor and city council.

These actions of support by the volunteers and those individuals that donated represent the true meaning of the Treaty – hospitality and kindness between the German founders of Fredericksburg and the Comanches.

It is these acts of kindness that encourages our family during the tough times to continue to share our heritage and tradition to those citizens of Fredericksburg that appreciate it. We plan on continuing to have our annual powwow, with competitive dancing, a year from now. In addition we plan on having an all gourd dance powwow in the fall time.

Again, UHDUH!! (Thank you)
Charlotte McCurtain