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Drummers drummed, dancers danced, and festivities went on despite the threat of rain at the annual Trail of Tears Indian PowWow in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, this weekend.
The event, which attracted hundreds of visitors, is a celebration of Native American culture and of the Cherokee people who marched through this area, banished from the Georgia landscape that was their home and heritage.
Having spent part of the day Saturday at the Trail of Tears PowWow in Christian County, Clarksville Online Author Debbie Boen, a naturalist and artist, wrote:
— Jamie Sams & David Carson, Medicine Cards
The PowWow is a way to recreate and revisit an earlier time and way of life in American history, a glimpse of a culture to which we owe so much. Here’s a bit of history that shaped today’s events:
In 1828, the Georgia Cherokee were a settled people, and had assimilated many European customs. They were farmers, ranchers, merchants, with their governance and systems in place. They had their own alphabet, “The Talking Leaves,” created by Sequoyah. But as the population of northern Georgia soared with new white settlers, many attracted by rumors of gold littered along the landscape, the Cherokee were slowly forced off their land.
The Indian Removal Act of 1830, signed into law by then President Andrew Jackson, was rejected on Supreme Court appeal. By 1838, the displacement of the Cherokee was well underway, culminating with the forced march from Georgia through Tennessee and Kentucky to lands in Oklahoma, with an estimated 4,000 Cherokee souls lost along the way. Their culture was all but eradicated from the Georgia landscape at that time.
On this weekend, the heritage and culture of the Cherokee and all Native America people is honored and given new life and respect through the Trail of Tears festival, giving people of all ages a glimpse of history and the value of native culture.
Tribal dancing, storytelling, Indian arts and more filled the park grounds in Christian County, and a little bit of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of those participating in this amazing event.
If you miss this weekend’s PowWow, there will be another in our area at Port Royal, on the weekend of October 12th.
Sunday’s schedule is:
1 p.m. Grand Entry, Intertribal
Youth Contests children & adults, fancy/traditional costumes, shawl, jingle
2:15 p.m. Drum Contest
2:30 p.m. Storytelling by Grady Jones, costuming contests
4 p.m. Indian Flute Music with Tommy Wildcat
4:30 p.m. Intertribal contest/women & men, golden age
5 p.m. Intertribal
5:30 p.m. Hoop Dancer Daniel Tramper
6 p.m. Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m. Retire Colors
~~ PowWow photos by Debbie Boen~~
SectionsArts and Leisure, Events
TopicsCherokee, Native American, Pow Wow, Trail of Tears
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