One fall morning in 1989, Jerry Ellis, a Cherokee descendant, set off on the adventure of a lifetime: he would walk the nine hundred mles along the Trail of Tears, following the route of his ancestors.
What ke discovred is captured in this moving story of his walk: the rich, tragic history of the Cherokee and the beauty and mystery of the trail and the people who live along it. This is a picaresque account of his trek. This book really touched me!
I read this book several years ago. I loved it. This guy walked the Trail of Tears from Oklahoma backwards to the beginning to the Cherokee homeland. He met several people and the book has historical tibits. If I still had this book, I would read it again.
Writer and Native American Jerry Ellis sets out to walk the Cherokee "Trail of Tears", moving from its terminus in Oklahoma back to its beginning in northwest Georgia, while contemplating his own life and the history of his tribe. It's a bit short on history, but full of interesting characters he finds along the way.
A great 'feel good' book.
I really enjoyed the narrator of this one. A true story.
I didn't know what to expect. I was very surprised and happy. The book flows along very well and Jerry writes in a way that keeps you interested. Not a heavy read at all.
I did not read this; not sure where I even got it. Looks brand new. The Cherokee Nation, back in 1838, was rounded by US soldiers and forced them to leave their homes and all that they had worked for (in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina) and walk nine hundred miles to Oklahoma, where they were put into reservations. Of course thousands of the 18,000 Indians died and this "path" has since been known as the "Trail of Tears." This is the story of one man's journey along that same trail, how he comes face to face with himself, the people now living along the trail, and the "ghosts".