By Kevin Shannahan
Chief Rufus Davis of the Adai Caddo Nation gave a presentation on the history of the El Camino Real to a capacity crowd of local history buffs and visiting travel writers from Texas and Louisiana at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Lousiana History Museum on Saturday, May 6.
Chief Davis spoke of the history of the trail, starting with its origins thousands of years ago as wild bison migrated down from the northern plains and to its becoming a cornerstone of trade between French and Spanish settlers and the local tribes. In addition to the talk, Chief Davis demonstrated traditional tribal dances, inviting the audience to participate.
The chief’s presentation was also a chance to show off our city to a group of 14 travel writers from Texas and Louisiana who were on the last stop of a tour of the El Camino Real’s attractions from Nacogdoches to Natchitoches. In addition to the presentation, the writers toured the city and took in its charms.