Quantcast

Quapaw Tribe & PAAC Come Together to Celebrate Shared Origin - KOAM TV 7

Quapaw Tribe & PAAC Come Together to Celebrate Shared Origin

Updated:
QUAPAW, OKLAHOMA - Remains found at a former slave plantation in Arkansas bring together the Quapaw tribe and the Preservation of African American Cemeteries (PAAC) group in friendship after they learned they shared a common gravesite.

“The family members knew it was there. They didn't know exactly where it was,” says Arkansas Archeological Survey Archeologist John House.

Quapaw graves sit in between about 20-30 slave memorials at the Thibault family's plantation, graves that have been long lost for hundreds of years.

Officials with the preservation society say it's important rural graves like these aren't forgotten.

“Every day we live with our history. And every day the past is a part of each day. So it's very important that we know who the individuals are, what goals they had during their period of living, and what contributions they made to the communities,” says PAAC President Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis.

The discovery brings together two groups, two groups who normally wouldn't be associated with each other to work together, to celebrate their shared history.

Tenpenny-Lewis says "it's very important, a. to appreciation, respect, and honor those that have gone before us. And by not taking care of the cemeteries or by not restoring abandoned cemeteries than we're being disrespectful to our ancestors.”

Over the years University of Arkansas archeologists have salvaged much of the Native American pottery which are now showcased at the casino, and have even been shown at the Smithsonian.

Like the cemetery group, the Quapaw tribe has a deep connection to their roots

“'They represent communities, which in many cases have been dispersed but the descendants still linked to those graves and -ancestors and communities,” says House.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Financial News and Opinion Site Ranks Joplin Least Healthy City In Missouri

    Financial News and Opinion Site Ranks Joplin Least Healthy City In Missouri

    Monday, September 25 2017 7:55 PM EDT2017-09-25 23:55:01 GMT
    A financial news and opinion website ranks Joplin as the least healthy metropolitan city in the state. The study is based on factors like adult obesity, premature death, and the smoking rate.  The 24/7 Wall Street website says the city of Joplin Missouri has a 5 percent higher smoking rate than the national average, along with having the largest obese population in the 8 metropolitan cities of the state. Although it can take a push, the moms I met at Cunningham Park are tr...More >>
    A financial news and opinion website ranks Joplin as the least healthy metropolitan city in the state. The study is based on factors like adult obesity, premature death, and the smoking rate.  The 24/7 Wall Street website says the city of Joplin Missouri has a 5 percent higher smoking rate than the national average, along with having the largest obese population in the 8 metropolitan cities of the state. Although it can take a push, the moms I met at Cunningham Park are tr...More >>
  • Joplin Walmart Participates in Nationwide Wellness Day

    Joplin Walmart Participates in Nationwide Wellness Day

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:01:55 GMT
    Rangeline Walmart in Joplin joined 4,700 other Walmart stores across the country for Wellness Day. As people head into Walmart to get their grocery shopping done, they have an opportunity to check a  different kind of errand off their list. "We are doing some basic screenings, we're doing blood pressure screenings, blood glucose screenings, calculating body mass index" says Dr. Feagan.  The State of Obesity reports that Missouri's diabetes rate is the ...More >>
    Rangeline Walmart in Joplin joined 4,700 other Walmart stores across the country for Wellness Day. As people head into Walmart to get their grocery shopping done, they have an opportunity to check a  different kind of errand off their list. "We are doing some basic screenings, we're doing blood pressure screenings, blood glucose screenings, calculating body mass index" says Dr. Feagan.  The State of Obesity reports that Missouri's diabetes rate is the ...More >>
  • Expanded Joplin Head Start in Full Swing After Federal Grant

    Expanded Joplin Head Start in Full Swing After Federal Grant

    Friday, September 22 2017 9:41 PM EDT2017-09-23 01:41:18 GMT
    An early head start program in Joplin is in full swing after a recent expansion. The Economic Security Corporation applied and received a six million dollar federal grant in March, helping families and daycare providers. Thanks to the grant  the Joplin Head Start program has been able to double the amount of kids they have in their program this year, helping low income families. "There was more needs or more children that needed to have a place to be, because we have...More >>
    An early head start program in Joplin is in full swing after a recent expansion. The Economic Security Corporation applied and received a six million dollar federal grant in March, helping families and daycare providers. Thanks to the grant  the Joplin Head Start program has been able to double the amount of kids they have in their program this year, helping low income families. "There was more needs or more children that needed to have a place to be, because we have...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.