Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I had an early special Thanksgiving lunch with a group of "Native Americans" from the Alabama-Coushatta Indian reservation in Southeast Texas. I felt very special accompanying Mark during his assignment to cover Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian reservation in Southeast Texas on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005.

Mark's grandma was an American Indian. But, this was the first time for me to celebrate an early Thanksgiving lunch with the people who made it possible for us to celebrate this day.

It was a very nice experience. The food was great. The people were very hospitable and really nice. I didn't feel like a stranger, which happens to me when I visit a new place or meet new people. I learned a lot in the few hours I spent with them. I would like to visit with them again.

As usual, I borrowed Mark's personal cameraand took pictures. I hope you like them. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Enjoy the day and don't eat too much.


UPDATE 11/24/2005
Click here to view Mark's photo essay.
Click here to read Mark's article.



© Fayrouz Hancock

Alma Williams, 14, poses for a portrait in her regalia during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005.




© Fayrouz Hancock

A hand-made quilt is on display in the church during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas.




© Fayrouz Hancock

Naomi Battise (left) and Judy Williams (right) prepare Indian fry bread during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas.




© Fayrouz Hancock

Judy Williams drains oil from a piece of Indian fry bread during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas.




© Fayrouz Hancock

Sarah Williams carves a succulent turkey during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas.




© Fayrouz Hancock

Sweet potatoes wait to be eaten during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas.




© Fayrouz Hancock

Pieces of fallen trees from Hurricane Rita remain around the church during Indian Day at the Indian Village Assembly of God church near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas.




© Mark M. Hancock

And, that's me in Woodville, Texas on our way back to Beaumont, Texas.

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