Trail of Tears


Trail of Tears

In 1830, the shameful forced removal of the Cherokee, Choctaw and other Plains Indians began in earnest. They were marched to the Oklahoma territories where, along the way, many died  due to disease, starvation and other privations. It remains an obscene chapter in the American experiment.

Published in: on November 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Some of the Cherokees DID manage to escape deep into the mountains and evade the Trail of Tears. Those “escapees” are still on a “Reservation” but it’s on their home turf; the mountains, valleys, rivers of western North Carolina, Ga. etc. Those who did survive the ToT lived in an environment that was so foreign to their way of life-flatlands, dry, no rivers/mountains/forests and remain there to this day. Prior to the ToT, in an effort to placate the white people who placed so much value on the written word the Cherokees developed their own written language, the first among the “Heathens” to do so. No dice, bucko: They were still viewed as less-than-human and driven like cattle from their homelands.
    To this day, the US Government utilizes rifts that occur among the Traditionalists and the Progressives to further their own agenda which never bodes well for First Nation Peoples.
    Another beautiful piece of art. Thank you for this.

  2. Seeing this reminds me of one of my Indian blankets that I have. It’s got an ivory background with single bands of red, black, yellow and faded green along one end. I have another one with a mint green background and ivory bands. They’re all that remains, besides my protective and peace-loving spirit, of my Native American heritage… Two blankets made of wool. They were probably once draped over the shoulders of my ancestors. Now they’re keeping me company… like these ghostly words… “My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

    This Thanksgiving, I was haunted by the fact that Native Americans shared their food with foreigners to keep them from starving to death through the Winter, only to be betrayed by those they saved. I tried hard to focus on forgiveness and gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for. Having both an Irish and Nez Perce heritage, my temper is quick by nature. Stubbornness still reigns. I don’t know if I’ll ever overcome that.

    Honestly, I don’t think I ever want to lose that proud characteristic. Too much has already been sacrificed. I’ll take it to my grave.

  3. I also have “Apache tears” ~ I’ve had them since I was little. Just stones, not arrowheads. When I grew up and studied science more, I discovered they’re actually called “smokey quartz” ~ One of mine is in the shape of a teardrop and it has another “tear” frozen on the side of it. Only those who see and listen with their heart can understand the meaning of the frozen tears.

    The stones are supposed to enhance personal pride and joy in living, creativity in business, and help to open the path to perception and learning… Just thought I’d share that with those of you reading this.

  4. I guess I should add that “black obsidian” was also used to make arrowheads. Very similar, but not the same. They served a different purpose. One was used for a seer and the other was used for prey.

  5. Thank you. It is imperative IMO we keep the Traditions alive any way we can.

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