WADV~WALK in PEACE
You asked me once why I wanted to walk and it started me to think. Why do I want to walk? These are the answers I came up with:
I want to walk because the Great Spirit gave me ability to do so.
I Want to walk because I want to remember those who walked before me.
I want to walk for those who had no choice to walk.
I want to walk for those who stayed behind to hide in fear,For them I walk not be Afraid as they lived.
For those who tried to walk and could not make it and were left aside the Trail of Tears in some unforgotten place and time.
Alone I will carry them in my heart and I walk in their place.But most of all
WADV~WALK In PEACE This was how it started. From one mans dream he came home to his Tennessee homestead to seek where his family was forced from 161 years ago or more. I grew up here at Corntassel Springs, and I was already at home; yet it took someone else to make me see it and realize what home really was about. I grew up where others were forced away from yet my family had stayed behind and neglected to tell the story to their descendants. The ancestors of those people looked at this place a well bit different than I did as I was raised here. About "The Wadv Walk in Peace", We walked to make new friends. We walked together to gain strength. We walked alone to remember. We talked and learned from one another. We gave ourselves pride. We gave each other pride in who we are. We each learned only a small hardship of what it was like back then. We all came together for different for reasons. Friends and family learned different things, and we all gave each other a part of ourselves and part of what we came for to take home to our families. We know that we only walked a small fraction of
"THE TRAIL WHERE THEY CRIED"
"Nunna da uk tsun yi"
and know that it was far worse for our loved ones as they perished in the snow of 1838. We all gained more respect for them and each other. For we could not have done this alone. There were so many people wanted to come but for unknown reason's beyond control they could not. There were so many who prayed for us as well as with us. Those are the ones who gave us the courage to go. So I say to them WADV for we walked in Peace. We all carried someone special in our hearts and I know that they were there in spirit with us.
So now we move on to "THE WALK IN PEACE 2000". Our first walk went smoothly and several others are contacting us about the walk for next year. We will walk in peace again. I only hope that the blessing we shared this time Will be shared with even more. For you cannot be ashamed any longer our Children need us to be proud and strong once more.
Mother Earth needs us to Remember her and teach the children to respect her as well as one another. We have a hard job ahead of us but I know that like those who went on before Us that we can do this.
There are many reasons that some stayed behind The Trail of Tears. Some stayed because they could not bear to leave their home. Some stayed for their husbands or wives were not Cherokee. Others stayed to wait for those who left, to come back home. But they all have their own reasons.
It is time to come home again; it is time to remember all that we have been taught not to talk about. Its time to talk about it now, before it is forgorren in the families who barley have a glimpe of being Cherokee. But mostly it is time for peace, of heart and mind and Knowing the Heritage that many of were never taught. Come learn with us if you will. You will be blessed for this journey.
Join us for the next "Wadv~Walk In Peace" April 15, 2001
Bring a tent or a teepee and camp next to the Little Tennessee river with us. Walk in peace proceeds Saturday morning from Rasers landing to Old Chota. The walk is 13 miles long in dedication one mile for every Department forced across the "Trail of Tears."
There will be fireside Dancing that evening at tentside. Sequoyah Museam is near the area and is always a fine place to see as well as the historic Ft Tellico remains that was constructed under the influence of Chief Hanging Maw in order to preserve a non-hostile area of Trading. The fort later was burned to the ground during battle between Cherokee and Easterners and left the ruins you can see there today.
The area is filled with a pleasent variety of habitational wildlife that are always a please, close by one can sightsee an underground lake and the burial site of Nanyehi-Nancy Ward~Beloved Woman of Tellico. Also cherokee built rock wall as well as ball play field.historic site of Indian Olympics.
Lake Toqua is close by for boaters. click on button to see the map.
Sa ni de a Schaffer
I have never had a more pleasent experience and prouder moment than the day Sandy called me to "tell me thank you for teaching me this" and went on to inform me we had won our case against the state of Tennessee for them digging the Clinch mountain Cherokee up along highway 73 in Townsend and she was no moving on to become a member of SEAL. My how things change in two short years. Please join us April 2001 as we Journey to Yawhoo Falls unders guidance of the descendants of Chief Doublehead.
Qua Ya Corntassel
Elder's Meditation of the Day - June 9
"Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished."
--Chief Sealth, DUWAMISH
Native people say the Earth is sacred. Some places on Earth will feel more sacred than others. You can often feel the sacredness of these places because of what has happened on them. If you do a ceremony on a certain place and return later, whatever happened before will still be there to help you. Even if someone you didn't know did something on the Earth and you come along later, the powers will be there to help you. This is why the Earth is sacred and these special places are sacred spots.