“This Sacred Event Interrupted”

  • James Treat


In September 1973 Bob Thomas finally had a chance to collect his thoughts on the movement. The Indian Ecumenical Conference was nearly four years old; organizers had convened the annual gathering four times, the last three at Stoney Indian Park. Thomas and his colleagues had found a way to get people talking across tribal and religious boundaries, but now their conversation was veering from its original course. The Cherokee traditionalist was dismayed by the proliferation of anti-Christian rhetoric—and by his realization that the Conference was in danger of going the way of the traditional movement. He was also tired of being caught in the middle of intertribal ceremonial tensions caused by the growing presence of urban youth and non-native spectators.1


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