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An overview of articles by or about  Ira Kennedy.


irapicSM.jpg (14467 bytes)IRA KENNEDY  You've seen his work, read a little about the person. Here's his autobiography (a work in progress).
WHAT TO SEE HIS RESUME or PORTFOLIO ?
SPOTLIGHT a English language magazine published in Germany featured an interview with Ira Kennedy.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE by Gerald McLeod. "Ira Kennedy and Enchanted Rock are two defining symbols of the Texas Hill Country."
GAHE: G. Douglas Graham  for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine
EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER: Students from eight districts visit famous authors without leaving school. With Elmer Kelton, Ira Kennedy & Robert Darden..

Here's your chance to support an artist before he starves. 
You can also use this to make a payment for services to Ira.


HISTORY

THE ENCHANTED ROCK
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
by IRA KENNEDY

Sparsely scattered across the continent are monuments, natural in origin. Some are beautiful, others bizarre; a few reach deeper than the eye or the mind to touch the human psyche. They are named holy. Enchanted Rock, which rises out of the surrounding landscape like a megalithic monument is such a place.

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AMERICAN INDIAN PROPHECIES
A Brief History on the Future of America

by IRA KENNEDY
American Indian Prophecies
is not about the end of the world but, rather, a change of worlds--the beginning of a new Earth cycle.   The prophecies of Black Elk, Wovoka, Rolling Thunder, Lame Deer, Sun Bear, and the Hopi are used to examine the differences between Western and Native American world views and their relationship to the future.

MEDICINE MAN HILL
by IRA KENNEDY
Seeking legendary silver mines in La Lomeria, or the Hill Country, a Spanish expedition led by don Bernardo de Miranda, lieutenant-general of the province of Texas, set out from the presidio of San Antonio de Bejar in February, 17, 1756. Known as the Miranda expedition, the twenty-three adventurers were under orders from Governor Barrios to locate two silver mines rumored to be in the area. Miranda did find one, known as Cerro del Almagre or the Hill of Red Ochre; and in the process he came within sight of Cerro de Santiago or the Hill of the Sacred One. At least one historian has suggested Cerro de Santiago might have been Enchanted Rock, while others discount the possibility. The Hill of Red Ochre is believed by some to be the Lost Bowie Mine.

THE TEXAS CHEROKEE
by IRA KENNEDY
Texas Cherokee, TucheeWoven into the fabric of personal history is the image of the American Indian. When I was a child my grandmother revealed to me, in a secretive voice, that I was of Cherokee-Irish descent; that my great-grandmother, Sarah Jane Kelly, was a full-blood Texas Cherokee. The revelation filled me with excitement and wonder. Only many years later did I realize that the secretive, almost conspiratorial tone, was shaped by generations of fear, for in Sarah Jane’s day, Indians were an undesirable element in Texas.

GERMAN INTELLECTUALS ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER by IRA KENNEDY
The Texas frontier of the 1850s would seem an unlikely place to find communities with a passion for literature, philosophy, music, and conversations in Latin. Just as unlikely would expectations be very high for communes in the Hill Country attempting to establish utopia along the Llano River.  But, in this area, the communities of Castell, Schoenburg, Bettina, and Leiningen were hotbeds for intellectual conversations and revolutionary social experimentation. These communities were the first to settle the Fisher-Miller Grant located between the Llano and San Saba Rivers

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The Republic of Texas
1845 - THE TWILIGHT YEAR
by IRA KENNEDY
Rumors, gossip, lies and dreams. Conspiracies, intrigues, plots, and counter plots. This must be the Republic of Texas. From 1830 to 1845, the eyes of the world turned toward Texas. Stretching from the Rio Grande to Wyoming, and from Louisiana to Santa Fe (New Mexico), Texas was enormous, and her potential to expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean was under serious discussion.

THE BEGINNING OF THE END
by IRA KENNEDY    Part 1 & 2 of 2 Parts
Lamar’s dream to mark ‘with the sword" the western boundary of Texas at the Pacific Ocean was as foolhardy as it was visionary. When Anson Jones ascended to the presidency of the Republic on the first Monday of September, 1844, he sought to attain by treaty what was impossible with the sword.  PART 2 OF 2 PARTS

JIM NICHOLS by IRA KENNEDY
Jim Nichols vs a secesh, ring click, paper collar, kid glove gang of cyoties. A former Texas Ranger faces up to the Confederates in Blanco County.

THE LOST SAN SABA MINES
Compiled and edited by IRA KENNEDY
Reprints from articles found in the San Saba News circa 1890: 
Since the 1700's, stories of abandoned or lost Spanish mines and buried treasure in San Saba and adjacent counties have fired the imaginations of thousands of treasure seekers. The following items, from the San Saba News, convey well the excitement these stories generated around the turn of the century.

POETRY

ART IN NATURE

TOURIN' TEXAS

PHOTOMONTAGELEGACY IN STONE:
A Primer on Texas Arrowheads

by IRA KENNEDY

The human history of the Americas has its roots deep in  the soil of Texas. Lacking a written record it is not a history in the traditional sense of the word, but it is a cronological record none-the-less.  This documentation exists in the form of inobtrusive stone artifacts lost, buried, or abandoned by their creators.  Although the most abundant of these flint tools are scrapers, handaxes and other utilitarian artifacts, the "arrowheads" and "bird points" are the most commonly understood and sought after. Illustraion by Ira Kennedy.

FEATURES

THE MUSES OF BULVERDE
On the Texas Frontier During the 1950s

by IRA KENNEDY
Pioneer Texas was alive and well in the early 1950’s. I know because I was living that life from time to time, in my 11th and the 12th year. My mother, Lucille, would take me from our home in Blanco to the home of the Muses on a 900-acre ranch near Bulverde. Aunt Mary and Uncle Henry Muse, and their son, who everybody called Uncle Bud, would take me in for a week or two at a stretch during the summers and on other occasions during the year.

FROM A NATIVE SON by IRA KENNEDY

ECLIPSE:  by IRA KENNEDY A look at contemporary cultural transformation through the lense of mythology.  

THE LAST WINTER COUNT
by IRA KENNEDY
"If you want the gospel truth about them early days and my part in them you best get a good hold on that chair ‘cause my life was a wild ride commencing the moment the gate swung open." So begins the The Narrative of John Green Kelly...

LLANO MAN by IRA KENNEDY
Over thirty thousand years ago, while Cro-Magnon man carved sculptures in Europe, Llano Man was shaping the stone heads of Malakov right here in Texas.

PREFACE to Dreaming the Myth Onward
by IRA KENNEDY

"Early in the morning of August 15, 1987, phone calls started coming into The Highlander newspaper in Marble Falls, Texas. People wanted information on the massive convergence of people to sacred sites worldwide on August 16-17, 1987 -- rumor held that Enchanted Rock, some 60 miles distant, would be one of the principal sites in Texas."

SMDream.jpg (32715 bytes)DREAMING THE MYTH ONWARD
by IRA KENNEDY

"Enchanted Rock, the holy mountain of Central Texas, was one of many sacred landmarks around the world where thousands converged to witness the dawn of a new epoch...   That the Convergence happened at all is a ray of hope in an otherwise very dark world. In a culture conditioned to taking the daily dose of vitamins in a single pill or assimilating the news of the world in a half hour, the difficulty of explaining what it all means is overwhelming."

December 2021: The Mayan Calendar
by IRA KENNEDY
"According to Mayan chronology, the present age started on 12 August 3114 BC and is to end on 22 December 2012. At that time the Earth as we know it is again to be destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes."  Reading that it’s easy for folks to fall into the notion that "The End is at Hand."  But wait. Before we start hunkering down lets take a look backward and review exactly what did happen around 3,000 BC.

THE HIDDEN HARVEST:
by IRA KENNEDY
I first learned some of the Indian uses of native plants from my grandmother, Rosa Daniels. And Grandma Rosa learned what she knew from her full-blood Cherokee mother, Sarah Jane Kelly. I was late in learning that Grandma Rosa taught me more than a list of used for a specific plant. I found that a proper understanding of her knowledge gradually altered my relationship to nature, and through that, my view of the world.

PANNING FOR TEXAS GOLD
by IRA KENNEDY
If you're going to search of gold in Texas, first you need to know where to look. Next you need to know how to get at the stuff. And last but not least you need to remember, in the words of Mark Twain, "A gold mine is a hole in the ground with a liar at the top."

THERE'S (some) GOLD IN THEM THERE HILLS by IRA KENNEDY
Tales of lost mines are part of the Hill Country heritage.  The legends persist at least in part because there have been virtually continuous mining operations in the Centeral Mineral Region since the time of the Spanish arrival in the Hill Country.

BEDROCK METATES and METATE, MANO, and MYTHOLOGY
by IRA KENNEDY : This page includes an article on the location of bedrock metates at Enchanted Rock, and the sacred nature of the grinding stones of Native Americans.

HILL COUNTRY PEARLS
Born in Darkness, They Share Their Colors With The Stars
by IRA KENNEDY
Wayne Casey emptied the contents of a brown paper bag. Thousands of pearls, carefully sorted in plastic bags according to size, color, and shape, covered the kitchen table. The white, pink, lavender, and purple gems, with an estimated value of $55,000, seemed to emit an inner light. They were the result of one summer's diving in lakes throughout the Hill Country.

THE STORYTELLER
by IRA KENNEDY
From a rock shelter halfway up the north face of the bald granite mountain the old Kiowa saw them as they rode in from the northwest. He determined they were four loud and careless young Comanche warriors. He had observed them for the better part of a day as they followed the Pinta Trail to a landmark called Cerro de Santiago, Hill of the Sacred One.

VISITORS GUIDE TO THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
by IRA KENNEDY 
 A primer for your day trip to Enchanted Rock State Natural area with photographs. Here you'll find another panorama of Thomas Evan's mural. 

HILL COUNTRY PARKS   The only way to deal with the Texas summer is to find water then wade, swim, tube, dive, or float. This is how, for 12,000 years, Texans managed to cool down in the hottest times.

THE MISADVENTURES OF LATER BILLY
The links to Later Billy's sound files. Written and performed by Ira.

LATER BILLY COMES HOME by Ira Kennedy and Holly Scott
The regulars that sat at the bar gave Later Billy that look they always give each other when they bring their women into the place during the day. Most of them were supposed to be somewhere else. Like, maybe, working. At that moment there was a crack of lightning and thunder. Then the power all over town went down.

THAT AIN'T A WORD by IRA KENNEDY
What happened when Later Billy tried his hand at the writing life,

CHICKEN RANCHING by IRA KENNEDY
I'm not sure we'll ever see a single egg.

 

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