Exploring Heritage On Horseback

Bryan Brant and his “herd” made a quick stop in Anson as they travel across the country. This is the fourth year of his transcontinental journey.
Bryan Brant and his “herd” made a quick stop in Anson as they travel across the country. This is the fourth year of his transcontinental journey.

Tracing one's roots while exploring the country is something many people can only dream about.  Bryan Brant is one individual who has taken the challenge to follow in the steps of his ancestors.  Brant and his horse, Abbey Road, pack mule, Sgt. Major Jack Houdini, and three dogs Pepper, Blue and Brownie are traveling across the country on their fourth year of a transcontinental trip.  Though the trip is one filled with adversity, Brant is blessed to make it. For a time Brant was confined to a wheel chair, determined to walk again, he began changing up his thoughts on modern medicine and went back to home remedies that were healthier he felt.  Brant began to see results from the change and was able to leave the chair in the distance.  Since he was able to walk once again, he decided to explore his ancestry.  Brant’s grandfather was Chief Joseph Brant, who was a Mohawk Indian.  In 2008 Brant walked across America with 3000 Indians in the Multi-National Walk.  He had made it a priority to explore his ancestry in any way possible.  The transcontinental journey he is now on began in June of 2012 at Quebec, Canada and will end in Terlingua, Mexico .  He has traveled mile after mile crossing the country, exploring history and meeting new faces with interesting stories to tell.  During each stop of his journey Brant shares his story and visits with people to learn theirs.  He feels truly blessed not only because he is able to walk but because he can see the world in all its beauty while on the back of his horse.  The simplicity of Brant’s journey may not be what many would see as a way to travel the country, but for Brant it is the only way to embrace one's history and become closer with the world in which he lives.   


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  • #1

    Sheri (Friday, 28 October 2016 22:12)

    Brian may R.I.P. U WERE SO NICE WHEN U CAME TO CASTILE NEW YORK...IT WAS A TEAL PLEASURE TO GET TO KNOW U..
    EVEN THOUGH UR JOURNEY WAS CUT SHORT U R IN GODS ARMS NOW
    UR NEW JOURNEY HAS BEGUN

  • #2

    Carey (Saturday, 10 December 2016 20:15)

    Very nicely spoken. I met Bryan in 2012 traveling thru Ohio. A most kind hearted, caring, and loving person I have ever had the pleasure to know.