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This trunk will expose your students not just to the Trail of Tears, but also to the very rich culture of the Cherokee in Tennessee and the enduring Cherokee nation today. In this trunk your students will take on the role of the Cherokee people. They will learn about the seven clans of the Cherokee. They will also learn the significance of Cherokee ceremonies and even participate in them.
But, when you discover a gold miner’s pan, your class will be faced with the dilemma of white settlers encroaching on their lands. They will face the same decisions the Cherokees faced in the 1830s: either remain on their ancestral lands or move west. Your students will ponder these choices and decide to stay or go. After they learn about the controversial Treaty of New Echota, students will read the diary of a young Cherokee boy and realize the heart-wrenching hardships faced on the Trail of Tears. The trunk concludes with a lesson on the Cherokee people today and a discussion of how they managed to retain their culture in both the Western Band and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.
Trunk Highlights Include:
A large print of Robert Lindneaux’s Trail of Tears
A Cherokee turtle rattle
The Cherokee Phoenix newspaper
Replica gold miners pan and fool’s gold
Sequoyah’s syllabury and more!
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy DVD
Download the Cherokee in Tenessee: Their Life, Culture, and Removal Lesson Plan