A Historic Event
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Please view this link to hear the song about the Cherokee people!
Closing lines from the Indian Nation song:
"Cherokee people Cherokee tribe
So proud to live So proud to die
But maybe someday when they learn
Cherokee nation will return, will return
Will return, will return, will return."
“They took the whole Cherokee nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our ways of life
The tomahawk and the bow and knife”
From “Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere and the Raiders
Oh, Beautiful Cherokee People (original title)
Oh, beautiful Cherokee people,
lovers of community, weavers of baskets,
and eventual creators of an alphabet,
so peacefully you prospered in
the fertile homelands of America’s southeastern regions.
Greedy men conspired to be rid of you.
Gluttons for the glitter of gold ore,
they overturned the highest law in all the land
by an order of removal
signed by the white man’s president.
Old Hickory, the blood of innocents is on your hands.
Monroe and other men of great influence,
your arrogance brought shame upon my country,
which supposedly was founded on love for justice!
Your actions brought great sorrow
to the whole of a democratic nation
established by the peaceful Cherokees.
Turned out of their homes
with only what they carried on their backs,
women, men and children walked a path
where thousands would succumb to hunger, sickness,
and exposure to the cold.
Unholy were their cries of grief
for those who perished on the Trail of Tears.
Herded onto boats like cattle, then forced
to new locations in mainly Oklahoma,
how did this tribe, once so dignified, survive?
Oh, beautiful Cherokee people,
were you able to raise up again the “three sisters” -
the corn, beans and squash
which historically sustained your seven clans?
Did the sacred cedar rise up for you again
in this strange new land assigned to you?
I know so little of your history,
but somehow you survived the transplantation,
and now your women and men of medicine
carry on the ancient rituals.
How many of you remain upon the reservations?
You who once prayed daily
to the seven directions of the seven clans,
giving gratitude while bathing in the sacred streams or rivers.
I envision you, beautiful Cherokee people,
rising up again to claim
the green and fertile fields of your beloved heritage.
Now submitted For William Kekaula's A Historic Event Poetry Contest
*Poem edited to exactly 300 words and checked by WordCounter.net
This poem depicts a tragic page from U.S. history called "The Trail of Tears"
This is from www.britannica.com:
"Trail of Tears, in U.S. history, the forced relocation during the 1830s of Eastern Woodlands Indians of the Southeast region of the United States (including Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole, among other nations) to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River."
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