“Spiritual Revival for Indians”

  • James Treat


Old cars and pickup trucks had been pulling into the camping grounds at Beeman Logan’s place all day. Weary conveyances bearing battered license plates from the four directions—Washington, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Ontario, and points beyond—were converging on the Tonawanda Seneca Reservation in western New York, every vehicle full of people eager to participate in this “Western Hemisphere meeting of Indians.” It was the middle of August 1969, and after months of planning and preparation the “Indian unity convention” was finally coming to life. Respected elders and spiritual leaders, medicine men and women, tribal youth and small children unloaded themselves and set up tents and tipis, anticipating the momentous proceedings about to begin.1


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