Lee Erwin Reporting
Hopkinsville, KY. – The annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 7 & 8 at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park on Highway 41, Pembroke Road in Hopkinsville.
It’s a weekend of Native American culture with dance competitions, singing, story telling, Native American arts & crafts plus a variety of unique food and merchandise vendors.
The Trail of Tears Park is one of the few documented campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people from Georgia to Oklahoma in 1838-39. It was along the banks of the Little River in Hopkinsville which was one of many sites on the journey where the Indians camped and received provisions.
Thousands of Cherokees died on the long trip which took place over the winter and the park is the burial ground for two Cherokee Chiefs, Fly Smith and Whitepath, who died on the site and are honored with statues in the park.
Gates open both Saturday, Sep. 7 and Sunday, Sep. 8 at 10:00 a.m. Admission price at the gate is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children
To learn more about the 26th Annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow visit the Trail of Tears Commission website at trailoftears.org or call 270-886-8033. You can also find details on facebook or twitter.