Dad died yesterday. We don't know how-- his heart just stopped. And Mom, she's sick from the dirty water. I'm sure she'll be seeing Dad soon.
The Trail Of Tears
The Story of Ahyoka, a young Cherokee girl
Audrey Morita and Emily Bongiorno
The deal was by self-appointed officials! They do not represent the Cherokee.
Our Chief tried to negotiate with the whites-- but they practically ignored him. We've been long expelled from our own lands.
5 million for your land and relocation or no deal!
And so, our family left onto the journey to Indian Territory unprepared, with nothing but clothes on our back. The whites had invaded our lands and looted all of our supplies. They're forcing us to relocation, further west.
We promise Indian Territory will remain unsettled!
MOVE IT! FASTER!
We don't have enough food to last the rest of the Trail of Tears. We had no choice but to leave mom behind. Everywhere I turn, there is death.
And even if we make it to Indian Territory, there is still barely enough resources to go around. Many families have been separated, including my own. The whites claim our land will be unsettled, but I'm sure someone will move in eventually. We've become distrusting of any outsiders, especially whites.
This is your new homeland!
Several years later...
It has taken far too long for us Cherokees to even recover. The whites claimed we were willing to give up our homelands, which is far from true. Still, I will remember our journey from our lands to Indian Territory as a trail of death, challenges, and tears.