TRAIL OF TEARS

COMMEMORATIVE PARK

Welcome to the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park

This historic park is one of the few documented sites of the actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people to "Indian Territory". It was used as anencampment in 1838 and 1839. This park is the burial site for two Cherokee Chiefs who died during the removal - Fly Smith and Whitepath. This long, cruel relocation has become known as the "Trail Of Tears" and by Native Americans as "The Trail Where They Cried".

Every year, on the first full weekend after Labor Day, the Trail of Tears Commission sponsors an intertribal Pow Wow at the park. A Pow Wow is a gathering of Native American people to celebrate their rich heritage, to socialize with old friends and make new ones. It is also an opportunity to expose non-indians to centuries old traditions of various dances, Native American crafts, and to educate Pow Wow visitors with story telling and Indian lore demonstrations.

This year there will be pony rides for kids on both Saturday and Sunday. Also, we will feature new special dances and a drum competition. New this year as well, there will be a $50 prize for first place in both Tiny Tot Boys and Tiny Tot Girls categories. Hope to see you there!

2018 Trail of Tears Pow Wow

2018 Pow Wow September 8-9th for more information, call:

270.886.8033 (Heritage Center)
270.887.2300 (Visitor's Center
270.839.3598 (Jimmy Dossett, Trail of Tears, President)