Native Americans ‘rediscovered’ in North Milam walk

J. B. White, editor of a Cameron Newspaper in the late 1920’s, delivered a speech to the Central Texas Archeological Society that was published in December, 1937.

White was a Milam resident with a yearn to know more about its history. J. B. White site is a popular internet site on “Texas Beyond History”.

In his address years ago, he spoke of driving on a highway north of Cameron late one afternoon. Here are exerpts:

“I stopped suddenly, looked out and saw dim trails leading away into pastures. I soon found myself swallowed up by the green woods. I came upon a ravine, went down into its depths and soon was walking along its narrow walls, when suddenly there upon the clean white sand I saw an ancient Indian spike.

“I picked up the brown flint piece and stood think ing of naked, yelling savages swooping down on settlements and shooting these arrows into the inhabitants.

“Then my mind went back to think of the causes and this led me to think of the Vanishing American.

“Here upon that sand I had found something that once belonged to a dead race of men. Time has erased them from the prairies of Texas.

“ To know about them, how they lived and what they believed and thought I began to wonder what more can I learn from this excursion. I turned and retraced my steps I turned and walked up the rough bed of a stream over whose boulders had poured the waters of many rainfalls.

“I stopped on a sloping sand hill. I found an ancient village site. It was in a vast stretch of brush and broken ground and from it I have taken hundreds of artifacts.

“It was from this experience when I first walked into the legendary tepees of the First American, I began a work of adventure that led to more than 50 villages where this live extinct race once lived.

“What I experienced that day led me to learn information that lead to asking questions of archeological research. First, most of the land was now in private ownership

“Second, of importance has been the negativity of one being on private property and vandalism that is born of curiosity.

“Third, I think it is the failure of the state and institutions of learning to recognize the importance of the work of historians and scientists and what they have tried to do under great handicaps.”

Continued next week.

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