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Radio Portraits inspired from women's diaries written 1779-1959

Cherokee RoseRebecca Neugin 1834-1932
Survived the Cherokee Removal

Interviewed in 1932 for
Memories of the Trail of Tears

In the Treaty of New Echota 1835, the Cherokee Nation ceded all land east of the Mississippi River to the United States. By June of 1838, the first contingent of Cherokees under Federal guard began their journey to land in Indian territory, present day Oklahoma. As many as 4000 died on the way from sickness, hunger and exposure. Rebecca Neugin was a young child at the time of the removal and was interviewed in 1932 about her memory of the "Trail of Tears."

Guide me Jehovah (Cherokee)

Skwah thih ni:se:sti; yiho:wa Guide me, Jehovah
e:lato ka? jh sv':i as I travel here below;
Tsiwanaka hli:yu ayv I am very weak
Tsa hli nikiti nihi You are strong
nikohi:lv nikohi:lv All the Time, All the Time
skih ste:lih ske:sti yo? ko Always continue helping me

The Trail on Which We Cried

I live in Oklahoma, I am Cherokee
In our language we would say, "I am Tsalagi"
Many years ago it was and far, far away
I was a child and my memory fades
The soldiers came into our house
My father wanted to fight
My mother said, "No they'll kill us all",
So we went without a fight
My brother drove the wagon, and my parents walked beside
that I can remember from the trail on which we cried

My mother begged the soldiers at the stockade
To go back for some blankets and food she had made
Some widows came with us as we rode along
One of them sang me a lullaby song
The people grew weary of salt pork every day
My father he hunted for food along the way
Much is forgotten over the years
The road was so muddy, muddy with tears
There was a lot of sickness, so many children died
That's all I can remember on the trail on which we cried

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

I will tell you a story not every one knows
How God gave the People the Cherokee Rose
When the bodies of the children by the roadside were laid
Give us a sign for the mothers they prayed
And up grew a rose at the roadsides were found
White like the tears that fell to the ground
With a center of gold for the gold that was stolen
from the Cherokee land
And seven green leaves for the seven great clans
A legend is a legend, few people know
The legend I heard of the Cherokee rose

Indian Woman

Special thanks to The Eastern band of Cherokee Tribal Council, Robert Bushyhead, (translation), Lynn Harlan, Jean Bushyhead, Dan Webber, State of Tennessee Parks System, Jim Apple of the BullRun Singers and Lou White Eagle

Song Sources:
Journal of Cherokee Studies
volume lll number 3 "Memories of the Trail" interview with Grant Foreman in 1932, Legend of the Cherokee Rose on the web at http://www.ngeorgia.com, "Guide me Jehovah" translated by Robert Bushyhead

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