Trail of Tears

When gold was found in the mountains of Georgia, native Cherokee were driven from their ancestral home to Oklahoma reservations. The 1838 journey became known as the “Trail of Tears” for its hardship. A fourth of all those travelling died, many were children. Tribal leaders prayed for a sign to strengthen the mothers grieving and crying. Legend holds that soon after, the blood of braves and the tears of mothers turned into golden “roses” as they fell to the dusty, wind-swept ground. Today, a wild, four-petal “dusty” rose still grows along the eastern Oklahoma trail. Here, wood artist Keoni Carlson, honors the seven Cherokee clans and Trail-of-Tears memory with this all-natural 12” platter carving of a four-petal rose accented by the suggestion of blowing wind and tear-drops.

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