On the first weekend after Labor Day, for 34 years in counting, the city of Hopkinsville honors the ancestors that made once made Hopkinsville their home and land with the annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow.
Gates will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park at 100 Trail of Tears Drive.
The Pow Wow is a gathering for the community with emphasis on Native American people celebrating their rich heritage.
In 1838 and 1839, as part of Andrew Jackson’s Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present day to Oklahoma.
The Cherokee people called this journey the “Trail of Tears.” This journey had devastating effects. The migrants faced hunger, disease, and exhaustion on the forced march. Over 4,000 out of 15,000 of the Cherokees migrating died.
During their journey to freedom, the Cherokee tribe occupied the Trail of Tears campgrounds in Hopkinsville.
This event provides the community to socialize with descents of the tribe that once settled in town. As well making new friends, and seeing old ones.
The Pow Wow reminds everyone the centuries old traditions such as the togetherness the tribe honored as well as the vibrant dances.
This event seeks to educate Pow Wow visitors with Indian culture.
The stories told about tribes who once settled in Hopkinsville will have you on the edge of your seat.
The park includes the gravesites of Chiefs White Path and Fly Smith, two of the few verified gravesites on the Trail.
Also on the site is a restored log cabin Heritage Center, which houses various artifacts.
Historians estimate that 4,000 Cherokees died of hunger, disease and exposure of climate changes during their journey.
Hopkinsville remembers the location where Cherokee Indians camped in 1838 on their long route to lands established for their relocation in Indian Territory.
For more information, visit: https://www.visithopkinsville.com/events.