Museum Talk with Monte Parks – Akokisa Tribe

Museum Talk with Monte Parks
Filmed Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 6:30 pm at Tomball Museum Center Fellowship Hall 510 N. Pine, Tomball, TX 77375
TOPIC: Akokisa, Native Americans of Harris County

While working P4, he was the homestead coordinator at Jesse Jones Park and the unofficial precinct historian. He graduated from Sam Houston University with a major in History and a minor in English.

Monte became interested in the Native Americans of Harris County when he saw that there was a deficit of information on them. He pieced together what he could find through records from Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and Simars del Bellisle from the historic records along with information from more modern scholars and the Texas State Historical Association. Monte also spoke to several local people and people from the Lake Charles area who claim to be Akokisa or Atakapa descendants. He has looked over artifacts recovered from the Mitchell Ridge dig in Galveston as well as artifacts recovered in the former PCT 4.

While Monte Parks does not claim to be an expert on the Akokisa, he has tried to research as much as possible. He hopes that the State of Texas will have archeologists explore the area around Jesse Jones Park on both sides of Spring Creek for artifacts and more information on these people.

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