THE REMOVAL OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS The Legend of the Cherokee Rose No better symbol exists of the pain and suffering of the "Trail Where They Cried" than the Cherokee Rose. The mothers of the Cherokee grieved so much that the chiefs prayed for a sign to lift the mother's spirits and give them strength to care for their children. From that day forward, a beautiful new flower, a rose, grew wherever a mother's tear fell to the ground. The rose is white, for the mother's tears. It has a gold center, for the gold taken from the Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem that represent the seven Cherokee clans that made the journey. To this day, the Cherokee Rose prospers along the route of the "Trail of Tears". The Cherokee Rose is now the official flower of the State of Georgia. http://www.rosecity.net/tears/trail/rose.html. TAKE A MOMENT TO STUDY THIS PAINTING AND DESCRIBE THE EVENT TAKING PLACE. WHAT DO YOU NOTICE ABOUT THE PEOPLE? THE SETTING? On your own, read the excerpt from the novel Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears by Robert J. Conley. . After reading, finish the following statements: I see…… I hear…… I wonder…… I know…… Once you finish, share your statements with your partner and compare them. What similarities do you notice? What differences? “He had been sleeping again when he was jarred back to the waking world by the sound of a woman’s scream close by, so close that it seemed the woman had screamed right into his ear. He came awake, but everything was black. He could see nothing in the darkness around him, but he could feel the forward, mad-rush of the fire-carrier. Again he had the powerful sensation that he was being hurled into the Darkening Land. Perhaps they were already there. Slowly his adjusted to the darkness and ha saw Pheasant and Sally beside him, wrapped in each other’s arms, wailing in despair and grief, and he saw they were holding between them the lifeless body of their young son. Quote from Private John G. Burnett, a soldier who was a part of the Cherokee Indian Removal in 1838-1839. After you read, complete the same four prompts. ( I see…. I hear….. I wonder…… I know….) “One can never forget the sadness of that morning. Chief John Ross led in prayer and when the bugle sounded and the wagons started rolling many of the children rose to their feet and waved their little hands good-bye to their mountain home, knowing they were leaving them forever. Many of these helpless people did not have blankets and many of them had been driven from home barefooted. On the morning of November 17th we encountered a terrific sleet and snowstorm with freezing temperatures and from that day until we reached the end of the journey on March 26th 1939, the sufferings of the Cherokee were awful. The trail of the exiles was a trail of death. They had to sleep in the wagons and on the ground without fire. And I have known as many as 22 of them to die in one night.” WHILE YOU WATCH… Use the Streaming Video to help you fill in the first two columns of the chart that has been provided for you. One column is titled “What’s important” and the other is “What’s Interesting”. Do not worry about complete sentences or grammar, just get your thoughts down on paper. If we finish in time, you may start on the third column titled “Personal Response”. You may have to finish this for homework. This chart will serve as the grade for this lesson.