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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."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ6RjP7MlXk

 

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“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. Written 9/4/15 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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Date: 9/24/2020 7:02:00 PM
An amazing imagery, Andrea, conscientiously, it predisposes with such simplicity, blessings my friend on your honorable placement, Aloha! William
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Date: 9/9/2018 9:06:00 AM
Wonderful piece, Andrea. I can relate to it too because I am part Cherokee and so I have a particular fondness for anything "Indian". Wish I could have heard the song but it has been removed. Congrats on your win. (well-deserved)
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Date: 12/9/2017 4:18:00 PM
Wow - amazing piece! Well-done, Andrea - congratulations on your win, my friend ... blessings, and keep writing on! :-)
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:05:00 AM
Very sad story ..Congrats on your win
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Date: 11/27/2017 12:03:00 AM
So very little have changed from then to now. The world is going crazy in the name of offensive power that shows no mercy. I just hope to die and rest in peace. A very moving piece, Andrea. Congratulations!!
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Date: 11/26/2017 9:46:00 PM
Marvelous write,Andrea, congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 11/26/2017 8:41:00 PM
We have lost so much & it never hurts to be reminded of that as centuries pass, thanks for the entry Andie, Congrad's, Light & Love
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Date: 3/11/2017 7:22:00 PM
Well-thought and creatively structured ... really enjoyed this, Andrea - congrats! :-)
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Date: 3/11/2017 7:12:00 PM
Great write and win Andrea..Congrats..Did Cher do a version of this song too?..
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Date: 11/26/2017 8:41:00 PM
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Date: 9/15/2015 7:20:00 PM
I am from West Virginia, not too far from the Ohio border. There is a wonderful outdoor drama performed in Chillicothe called "Tecumseh." Very good; I have seen it twice. There is a book about him, "A Sorrow in Our Heart: the Life of Tecumseh." by Allan Eckert. A great read. His books are so well researched and based only upon confirmed data. If you haven't read it, I think you would love it. I enjoyed this.
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Date: 9/9/2015 6:32:00 PM
This is part of a very sad chapter in our history. I often wonder why we cannot learn from this and understand that every culture needs to be revered and respected when we come across it. This is one reason I am so offended by comments made by politicians that are against certain immigrants. It is such stupidity.
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Date: 9/8/2015 6:17:00 PM
HAPPY BIRTDAY Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 9/8/2015 6:15:00 PM
Good song and fine poem. This shows the dark side of American history. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 9/8/2015 1:28:00 PM
I loved and still do love that song. Beautiful tribute to the native people of this land.
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Date: 9/5/2015 12:33:00 PM
- A beautiful poem .... they sacrificed and lost a lot .... a beautiful nation, that I admire - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDREA !!!!!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 9/5/2015 8:37:00 AM
I see it is your Birthday. Happy happy birthday. Hugs Rick.
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Date: 9/5/2015 8:36:00 AM
Is this for Franks contest? Very well expressed Andrea.
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Date: 9/5/2015 8:08:00 AM
Hi Andrea just here to wish you a very happy birthday, hope all is well with you my friend...David
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Date: 9/5/2015 1:54:00 AM
Back to be one of the first to wish you a very happy birthday September 5th. I am sorry I didn't get your card out in time, look for your electric greeting my dear friend. Birthday blessings, Love, Connie
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Date: 9/5/2015 1:14:00 AM
Love the song, Cool tribute , Nice of you to go back to read Starry Night :) Here are some poems you have not read=== Walls is 8th poem down . Spirit, Swept From The Sea :) Cracked, I think that's about it.
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Date: 9/5/2015 1:08:00 AM
This is a beautiful tribute to a gentle people who were so wronged by the greedy and heartless. I think you helped their despair and sorrow be recognized clearly in this wonderful poem Andrea. 7
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Date: 9/4/2015 6:38:00 PM
I remember listening to that song growing up. An excellent tribute to the plight of the Cherokee.
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Date: 9/4/2015 2:56:00 PM
You have done the Cherokee proud with your writing and the way you researched what you wrote about. We have chosen to forget what the white man has done to the Indian and not just to the Cherokee. We have committed many wrongs against a once proud and strong nation We should be ashamed. Well done my dear on an excellent write. Hugs Edith
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Date: 9/4/2015 1:45:00 PM
Excellent write Andrea, we sense the scene the strength of Men, willing to protect no fops here..' the care of children only mothers can give, and the rapacious greed of 'civilised' men..? maybe fops..? probably arising from scented baths, cleaner than the natives.?? L O L))) and so it still is today..' as the oppressors invent first a superior moral fallacy..' a 7 plus. Best for the contest..'
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Date: 9/4/2015 10:47:00 AM
The trail of tears was one of the more disgraceful acts in our nations history along with wounded knee..I posted a poem a short while ago called warrior's sorrow..check it out if you have the time.
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