Sunday, November 13, 2005

One of the best post-Katrina Waveland sites on the Web:
Here's a before and after picture you won't forget:

This is David & Kimberly King's backyard just before the storm. Notice the boards ready to go up on the windows.

The live oak tree survived!

The 40th Anniversary of the First Acid Test Appears to have been a success.

Here's an early review:

A review of our party that appeared in the Boulder Weekly:
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test at 40

˜ The bus came by and I got on. That's when it all began...

When I heard there was going to be a 40th Anniversary Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test scheduled for liftoff on Halloween night in Las Vegas, I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I had to get to Vegas. My fiancée and I packed up the car and headed for the desert with our costumes˜I, of course, as the devil, and my better half as an angel.

The event was thrown by Zane Kesey (Ken Kesey's son), the Merry Pranksters, and a few promoters with the ability to manifest the vision.

The experience built slowly, with New Riders of the Purple Sage, a jamband from the '60s, serving as the launch pad. As I meandered through the costumed crowd I ran into my buddy Uncle Eddie from Dead Tour, and soon fell into a puddle. Next thing I know I'm munchin' on some fungilicious chocolates. By the time New Riders were winding down their set, I was winding up to the cosmos.

The Acid Test was a dynamic all-nighter, incorporating performance art; a video/laser/light show by Smoke and Mirrors, VJ Awiaz and Optical Deslusion; and music by various DJs and bands, the highlights being Mutaytor and Spun. The interplay of light, performance art and music was so visceral, fluid and erotic that it wrapped me in its folds and held me there enchanted, till the wee hours.

The Merry Pranksters even got on stage at one point and did a really strange "Turn on Your Love Light" with George [Walker on the axe-a-phone].

After attending hundreds of raves, 100-plus Dead shows, and every other kind of psychedelic event you can imagine, I honestly have to say this was the best party I've ever experienced.

The Test was part jamband, rave, Burning Man, Cirque du Soliel, costume party and a host of other ineffables all rolled into one very groovy and colorful onion of experience. They took the essence of everything I understood the original Acid Tests to be, and boldly brought it into the future.

There are whispers that the Pranksters really enjoyed being back on the bus. Could this be a new beginning? Well, only one thing is for certain: after 40 years, an Acid Test just happened, authentic and self-defining.

And I of course passed it with flying colors.

Bicentennial of the 1804-1806 Epidemic of U.S. Treaties With Southern Indians

There are lots of bicentennial commemorations coming up in the near future. The one I'm working on right now is the Treaty of Tellico between the Cherokees and the U.S. which was signed at the Tellico garrison on October 24, 1804. This treaty ceded the Wafford tract in N.E. GA to the U.S. and permitted the building of the Georgia Road from Nashville to Savannah. I just started the research on this but I found out this morning that the point where this road crosses the Chattahoochee is still called Vann's Ferry.
Mo' to come:
1) November 1804 negotiations between U.S. and Creek Nation for Ocmulgee lands at Hawkins' Flint agency.
2) The futile Choctaw negotiations at St. Stephens in June 1805.
3) July 23, 1805 treaty between the Chickasaws and the U.S. at the agency at Chickasaw Bluffs (present-day Memphis),
4) November 16, 1805 Choctaw treaty which ceded their land along the Florida Line to the U.S.
5) The Cherokee treaties at Tellico on October 27, 1805 which ceded the land north of a line between the Duck and Hiwassee Rivers to the U.S. and authorized the right of way for a road from Tellico to Muscle Shoals to the Tombigbee.

6) The November 14, 1805 Creek Treaty at Washington which ceded land east of the Ocmulgee and authorized the right of way for the Federal Road to Mobile and New Orleans.

7) The January 7, 1806 treaty which ceded the Cherokee land between the Duck and Tennessee to the U.S. This land included present day Northwest Alabama north of the Tennessee River.

As far as I can tell there were no more treaties with the Southern Indians until August 9, 1814 Treaty of Fort Jackson which was located on the ruins of old Ft. Toulouse at the junction of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers. This treaty ceded over 20 million acres to the U.S. as punishment for the Creek War of 1813-1814.

As you can see, we have a lot of important upcoming bicentennial anniversaries beginning this month. Beginning today I will be posting information at CUBA,ALABAMA WEBSITE concerning the events which occurred here in the Deep South 200 years ago.

Concerning the November 14,1805 Creek Treaty of Washington:
The first Treaty of Washington cedes the remainder of the land between the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers, excluding a 3x5-mile strip known as the Old Ocmulgee Fields Reserve at present Macon, which the Muscogee (Creek) people refuse to give up. The treaty allows the United states to construct a road across the Creek Nation to the Alabama River and facilities for public accomodations along this road. Much of this "Federal Road" follows the ancient Lower Creek Trading Path and eventually stretches from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. The treaty also provides for a United States military fort on the Reserve to guard the frontier along the Ocmulgee River. This outpost is called Fort Hawkins in honor of Benjamin Hawkins, U.S. Indian Agent to the Creeks and friend of George Washington.

Concerning the October 27, 1805 Treaty of Tellico with the Cherokees:
Treaty negotiations often occurred at Tellico Blockhouse. The second treaty did not affect land in Tennessee, but the Third Treaty of Tellico in 1805 did. Indian Agent Return J. Meigs and Daniel Smith obtained from the Cherokees all land north of the Duck River and extended that line due east to the Tennessee River, including all of the Cumberland Plateau. A few days later, an additional payment was made to obtain the rights to operate a mail road from Tellico to the Tombigbee River through Cherokee territory as part of a Knoxville-to-New Orleans route. The same negotiations transferred a small parcel of land around the U.S. garrison at Southwest Point (now Kingston) as a desirable location for the state capital. Subsequently, the capital was moved to that site for one day, September 21, 1807, to fulfill this pledge, making Kingston one of the four official capitals of Tennessee.
Here's a link which describes Levin Wailes' journal from the first survey of Hal's Lake under the terms of the November 16, 1805 Treaty of Mt. Dexter between the Choctaws and the U.S.

Nov. 14 1805: Nothing but an Indian trail led from the Oconee to the Alabama river at Lake Tensaw. The houses of accommodation were few, kept by Indians and half-breeds, and were of the most indifferent kind. None of the rivers were provided with 1805 ferry-boats, nor were the creeks bridged. Oct. 7: The Federal Government, desiring to open a better avenue to the new country, obtained from a delegation of thirty Creek Chiefs and warriors, then at Washington city, the right of using a horse-path through their country, along which the Chiefs agreed to establish ferries and bridges, and to open good houses of accommodation. The Cherokees, at Tellico Blockhouse, granted the right for a mail route from Knoxville to New Orleans by way of the Tombigby. July 23: The United States also acquired more territory from the Chickasaws,who ceded about three hundred and fifty thousand acres, lying in the bend of the Tennessee, a very small portion of which, in the shape of a triangle, fell into Alabama and was afterwards formed into the county of Madison. Nov. 16: At Mount Dexter, the Choctaws ceded to the government five millions of acres, commencing at the Cut-Off, at a point half way between the Alabama and Tombigby, running north to the Choctaw corner, west to Fulluctabuna Old Fields, thence across the Tombigby to the Mississippi settlements, thence south to Ellicott's line, and east along that line back to the Cut-Off. * * Indian Affairs and Land Laws. Thus the whole southern portion of the present State of Mississippi was thrown open to the Americans. The new purchase was soon formed into three counties--Marion, Wayne and Greene. A population from Georgia and Tennessee poured into the magnificent forest north of the Tennessee, about "Hunt's Spring," which had been obtained from the Chickasaws, as just mentioned. The population of the Mississippi Territory had much increased, Natchez had become a large town, where boats going down and up the great river landed and traded, while the crews engaged in fights, drunkenness, gambling, and all kinds of debaucheries. It was the greatest thoroughfare in the whole forest world, and was decidedly a most abandoned place. The subject of education was not neglected, and Jefferson College had been established at Ellicott's Spring, in the vicinity of the town of Washington. Many improvements, in the way of houses, farms and new towns, gave the territory an air of civilization. _________________________________________________________________Pickett's History of Alabama - Chapter 35 -