Follow the Trail of Tears
Tuesday, November 7
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Follow the Trail of Tears Water Route and visit a series of sites that provide space to reflect on the tragedy of Indian Removal, commemorate those who survived it, and consider how American Indian policy was attempted ethnic cleansing within today’s US borders. Whether referred to as Indian Removal, the Trail of Tears, or westward expansion, the US government systematically pulled apart cultures, and these policies continued far after the relocation of tribes. Hear from tribes, agency staff, and partners about the challenges of interpreting hard truths along a long, linear resource utilizing mostly outdoor, non-personal interpretive media. Perspectives and discussions include who should tell the story, how and where, and what Indian policy in the past means about America today. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail is administered by the National Park Service, National Trails Office and includes over 5,000 miles of removal routes. It commemorates the forced removal of Cherokee from their homelands; the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward; and the revival of the Cherokee Nation. The trail also interprets the experiences of other tribes affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. NTIR does not manage any lands but works in partnership to offer technical assistance towards preservation, protection, interpretation, and development for public use.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. You can bring a small bag/backpack. Don’t forget your reusable water bottle and sunscreen.
Target Skill Level/Audience: Media/Technology - Novice
Presenter: Carol Sharon Clark
Meals: lunch on your own
Minimum Participants: 10
Maximum Participants: 50