The Oklahoman: "The Tonkawa Tribe was forced out of its Texas homelands. Now it's reclaiming a sacred site"
Russell Martin didn’t know how a trip to his tribe’s homelands would end. But as he hiked up the central Texas mountain where the Tonkawa people are from, the trek felt transformational.
The Tonkawa Tribe had been forced to cede the land more than a century ago. The tribe ended up in what is now northern Oklahoma, 450 miles from Naton Samox, the mountain at the center of its creation story.
Martin made the eight-hour drive there in November 2022 to meet with a documentary crew. The peak overlooks a sweeping rural landscape about 80 miles northeast of Austin. Martin took the scene in and knew the mountain had to be preserved.
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