The Cumberland Gap Tunnel, where the
states of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia merge, was a major
engineering accomplishment. The tunnel, about 8 tenths of a mile
long, was opened with speeches by the three governors and a "Pageant of
History" parade. Mark and Sherry, representing the first people
to use Cumberland Gap, were asked to lead the procession out of the
tunnel. To show that Native people don't belong only in the past,
the parade included some younger Native people in modern dress and some
in powwow regalia at the end of the procession.
Photos by: Ray Welch
wearing his buckskin outfit from the wedding, and wrapped in a
replica of his wedding blanket, was the first to exit the tunnel.
wearing her white buckskin wedding dress, and wrapped in a replica of
her blanket from the wedding ceremony, makes her way out of the tunnel.