Tar Creek plus the destruction in the Quapaw Nation
This is a play to help us bear in mind and learn.
Written By: Kashia Cut, Tammy Ryan and Stephanie Neely. Study by: Doug and Stephanie Neely and Ashley Sheldon Edited By: Laura Search and
This kind of play is placed with a Quapaw elder seated with children around a fireplace and sharing with them the storyline of their terrain and their people. Cast:
Narrator one: Older
Narrator two: Elder
Narrator three: Elder
Narrator 4: Elder
Narrator five: Older
Local in Field:
Scientist from ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:
Narrator 1: Children allow me to tell us the storyline of our people. Long, sometime ago we were a tribe of numerous. We existed off of the area with Nature as a company to our persons. We accustomed to live above the many countries of Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Tn. We were called the downstream people. (Quapaw people working out with bags and moving in that case, living quietly farming, and hunting. ) Narrator Two: When white-colored men came in, we were forced to move to exactly what is called the Ohio Pit and some people to Louisiana; white men came again and relocated us to Oklahoma. All of us lived here on our fresh reservation wherever we hunted wild deer, small video game and buffalo. Our males fished the rivers and creeks and our girls farmed to grow fruits and vegetables. This is how the Quapaw made it through. Narrator 3: We were living on this land for many, many years where all of us became the Quapaw region. One day in the 1950's the white males came once again and this time they desired some of our land to mine. By early 1900's the mining became hefty in our areas. They planned to take a number of the metals and minerals from our land. They will gave us money and guaranteed that they will clean up the land that they destroyed. (Enter Miners providing money in that case chipping apart at minerals and stone. ) Narrator Four: Dozens of mining firms and a huge selection of miners found live in the surrounding areas to extract zinc, iron and lead...