When the Trail of Tears started in 1838, the mothers
of the Cherokee were grieving and crying so much, they were unable to help
their children survive the journey. The elders prayed for a sign that would
lift the motherís spirits to give them strength. The next day a beautiful
rose began to grow where each of the motherís tears fell.
The rose is white for their tears; a gold center
represents the gold taken from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each
stem for the seven Cherokee clans.
The wild Cherokee Rose grows along the route of
the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma today.
Source: The Cherokee 1994 Heritage Calendar by
Dorothy Sullivan, Memoray Circle Studio, Norman,
This as been adopted as the the "Official Logo" for
the ToT 1998 in remembrance of the ones who took the Journey against their
will which we are trying to symbolically "undo".
This page is not my concept but it is my creation
with the help of others I have only Given my Web Page as
"Official Trail of Tears 1998"
location to find out info and I will update as new
information is obtained.
All feedback is appreciated and will be reviewed.
I feel this a Honorable Venture to Pay Tribute to
my Ancestors as well as other indigenous people's. I will take suggestions
and submissions related to this and any associated subjects.
Mitakuye Oyasin...We are all related!
Sean A Joice
Created Sept 6 1997
Overview (April 27 through August 2)
We are a totally informal group who share a desire
to walk the Trail of Tears. Our goal is not to re-enact but to symbolically
undo and to honor our ancestors. Consequently, we intend to walk the trail
from west to east.
There will be tears this time as well but not
of sorrow. They will be tears of joy because we will be going home.
All have their own reasons for wanting to do so,
but the most predominate seems to promote unity in one form or another.
Therefore, we invite all who want to join us to do so. We understand not
everyone has the time to make the entire trip, but feel free to join us
even if it is just for a week or a weekend.
We will began our journey with a week long symposium
offered by the National Trail of Tears Association at their annual conference.
The meeting will be hosted by the Oklahoma State Chapter of the association.
The annual conference is open to anyone who is interested in the Trail
Anyone wishing to attend the conference must contact
the association to pre-register regardless of whether you plan to participate
in the walk or not. They may be contacted at the following address:
Trail of Tears Association
1100 N. University Suite 133 Little Rock,
You do not have to attend the symposium to participate
in the walk. They are totally independent of each other. We decided to
coordinate our starting date with their conference. Also, camping is available
where the conference is located that can be used as a gathering point.
We have arranged or coordinated with various events
along our route to benefit the organizations hosting the events. Specifics
concerning the events can also be accessed below. Due to various circumstances,
we do not plan to stay on one specific trail associated with the Trail
of Tears, but, for the most part, we will remain on the northern route
or close to one of the others. Details of our specific route can be accessed
at Contacts of Events page.
Our journey will end August 2, 1998, at
the historical area Red Clay. Red Clay, located in southeastern Tennesse,
is the location where the Cherokee Nation held council prior to the Trail
of Tears. It seems to be the most appropriate place to end because it was
the last place that the Cherokee people had gathered as a single nation.
Our prayer is that someday everyone will gather
Our primary objectives are to promote unity,
create awareness, and educate the public about the truth concerning the
unwarranted hardships that American Indians have endured in the past and
We would like to see a gathering of all nations
at Hulbert, Oklahoma, during the week of April 27- May 1, 1998. We invite
all nations because each one has endured some sort of removal. We will
begin our walk of the "trail where they cried..." on May 1. We hope that
the nations that do not begin with us will at some point join us.
A web site dedicated to the Trail of
Tears 1998 located at:
4. An invitation to all nations asking them
to send a representative and inform anyone else who may be interested in
participating. The amount of impact will be directly related to the amount
Any remaining funds will be donated to
an organization promoting unity.
At this point, we are open to recommendations.
An automatic Link to E-mail Address has been
added send to Perry or Myself listed below also I have added a guestbook
please reply either way
Updated May 9, 1998 and I have no concept of
how much time I spent on it
wa`do na s gi ha i hi a a da wa dv di (Thank You
for the Visit)
i `he do lv `i. (Come Again.)
Getsika Hvda Anegvi..... (The Trail Where They