Painting by the late Long Walker Raymond “Jack” Gene, Jr. is housed at museum.
Published April 7, 2o16
AMARILLO, TEXAS – The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence was invited by Charles Richie to stay once again at the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian. Previous Longest Walks stayed at the musuem eight years ago and five years ago.
Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian in Amarillo, Texas
The Long Walkers arrived on March 6, 2016 and were welcomed with a meal and a place to stay the night. The museum is stock full with hundreds of displays of beautiful art from tribes all over North America.
Nathan, Regina, Shelia leading LW5
One painting at the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian is painted by Raymond “Jack” Gene, Jr., who participated in previous Longest Walks, including the Longest Walk 2. Mr. Gene walked on last month and the Longest Walk attended his ceremonies in St. Johns, Arizona.
“One can almost see ‘Jack’ (the name Raymond used) in the painting,” commented one of the participants in the Longest Walk 5.
In addition to providing housing, the museum fed the Long Walkers.
The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence left La Jolla, California in mid-February and will make its way all across the country. Along the way, the Longest Walk stops at tribal communites in Indian Country to highlight the problems American Indians are experiencing with drugs and domestic violence. It will arrive in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2016.