Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga, a new graphic novel written by Lee Francis IV, of the Laguna Pueblo, and illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre, of the Tongva, gives voice to the Conestoga who lived in Lancaster County and were brutally murdered in 1763. A framed print titled “The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga” now resides in the front vestibule of our church.
As we honor the memory of the Conestoga on whose ancestral home we reside, may we also seek to learn more of the indigenous people who currently live in our county.
Below is a link to the digital copy of the novel which includes source material and interviews with the novelist and the artist, along with other indigenous leaders. There is also an interview with UUCL’s own Jack Brubaker who was consulted during the creative process.
A Land Acknowledgement Task Force has been formed to further our understanding of our responsibility to both our history and to the indigenous people who live in Lancaster County. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.