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For Victor & Rachel of Caddo Mounds

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The East Texas Cultural Alliance is raising funds to support:
 Victor & Rachel Galan of Caddo Mounds

On Saturday, April 13, the tiny communities of Weeping Mary and Alto were struck by a tornado wreaking havoc across East Texas. Caddo Mounds State Historic Site took a direct hit from the tornado. The visitors center, and recently built grass house and heritage garden were destroyed. An estimated 30-40 people were injured, several remain in critical condition.

Saturday was Caddo Culture Day at the Mounds. A day when hundreds of people gather to interact with the Caddo Nation and celebrate their heritage.

Tragically, Victor Galan, archeologist, vice-president of the Friends of Caddo Mounds volunteer organization, and husband of assistant site supervisor, Rachel Galan, was critically injured. He sustained injuries to his neck and spine, and his recovery will be long and difficult.

Those who know Victor and Rachel have been touched by their kindness and generosity. They are dedicated to their family, their friends, and their careers. Together, they have worked to help artists, writers, brewers, musicians, craftsmen, and educators of all kinds to create real connections and lasting change in our community.

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The East Texas Cultural Alliance was founded in 2016 through a partnership with Caddo Mounds SHS, Nacogdoches Historic Sites, Nacogdoches Public Library, the Forestry Museum, the Stone Fort Museum, the SFA Gardens Program, and the Texas Forest Trail Region. The organization provides collaborative support to volunteers and cultural professionals working in museums, historic sites, libraries, and parks across East Texas.

Friends of the Nacogdoches Public Library is serving as the 501c3 pass-through organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
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Update from Rachel:
It is day 6 after the tornado. Twenty-five years ago Victor and I went to our first Caddo Conference with a two month old Breier in tow. I was nervous, slated to give my first professional paper, and she was cranky. That Saturday night, with the beat of the drum, the sound of the heart, she slept. It was then that I first began to understand the healing energy of Caddo songs, the central drum, and dance. I will be in Oklahoma in spirit Saturday, sending healing energy to fuel in any way possible the gathering.

Each day the outlook for Victor improves, a little more feeling, a few less machines. We hope that by Sunday evening he will be off the ventilator and we will know what our next step is.
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Update from Rachel:
It is day 5 after the tornado. What do you do with shattered? The many varied pieces of this experience are a puzzle like none I have ever been face with.

Start with the edge pieces. The frame for my life, my husband whole, my beautiful family and community.

Victor is holding his own. We are still in ICU waiting for a move off the ventilator or replacement with a tracheotomy. We are desperate for this, because behind all the breathing apparatus, Victor is Victor. He is enjoying family, music, shoulder rubs, a little mind yoga and visualization with Breier, foot rubs, and podcasts. He blinks furiously trying to get us all to comprehend Morse Code. He lifts his shoulders, doing shoulder reps to let us know he is fighting his way back. He can give a slight nod for yes and no. We are all getting a lesson in patience, because it could still be days before the doctors make a change with the ventilator.

Match like colors and patterns. This puzzle didn’t come with an image to guide me in the picture I will have when I place the last piece.

A picture of my community, vastly expanded, resilient, and beautiful. A picture of my role, my place in the sacred space at Caddo Mounds and with her people. A picture of the necessary and mundane, bills, business, the dishes in the sink, coupled with supporting Victor in the unknown of what he is facing. But, matching the colors and patterns is something I must do.

For now, it’s breathing. It’s one hour at a time. It’s waves of calm and waves of tears. Please, know that all your love, strength, and support is felt and is what makes the hour to hour possible.
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Hello Friends,
Here is today's update from Rachel.
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It is day three after the tornado. I'm shattered, thankful, hopeful, speechless.

Know that Victor and I feel all the love, warmth, healing energy and prayers coming from near and far. There were small victories yesterday, a little more feeling in arms and right foot, breathing on his own, a smile, some shoulder shrugs to a pretty awesome playlist Breier, Miriam and Richard worked on.

I am working very hard to keep my thoughts small, my focus narrow. Grateful that Victor can hear me when I tell him I love him, that he can feel me rub his face and shoulders. For all else, I have no words, except thank you to all our family, friends, and community. All the support and love we've received we are sending back out to all those still recovering, working to make sense out of disaster, cleaning up and caring for those impacted, our Caddo community, brave strangers, our neighbors in the flats, Stephen F. Austin State University, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, and so many more.
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$42,065 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 389 people in 6 days
Funds raised will benefit:
Nacogdoches Friends of the Library Incorporated
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Nacogdoches, TX
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