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来自奥克拉荷马州阿帕契的卡曼其人(Comanche):盖瑞(Gary Tomahsah),他正准备参加男士常规舞蹈竞赛,1999年的祈祷仪式
 

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泪水小径祈祷仪式
地方性遗产

1828
年时,在佐治亚州的切罗基族印地安人的属地上发现了黄金。这也让那些开始向南部及西部领土迈进的白人,更加觊这块土地。1838-1839年的秋季及冬季,15,000名切罗基人被迫离开他们的祖传土地,将这片土地让给那些移民。他们被迫搬到1,200哩外的地区,即现在的奥克拉荷马州,约有4,000名切罗基人死于旅途中。

因为他们在这条路上所承受的诸多困境,所以这条他们行经的路径又名「泪水小径」(The Trail of Tears)或「他们哭泣的小径」(The Trail Where They Cried)。肯塔基州的霍普金斯维尔(Hopkinsville)是这趟旅程中的休息站。1993年时,霍普金斯维尔境内的泪水小径纪念公园正式对外开放,这座公园主要是为了颂扬美国的原住民:切罗基人及其他的印地安人。

每年九月,公园内会举办一场祈祷仪式这是一场美国原住民,以及所有喜爱或想要得知更多美国原住民文化及常规的聚会。身着原住民服饰的舞蹈、歌唱、说故事、及工艺展览都是庆典中的一部分。数以千计的人,会自国内各地前来参加此一庆典。


In 1828, gold was discovered on land belonging to the Cherokee Indians in Georgia. This made the land even more desirable to white settlers who had begun expanding south and westward. In the fall and winter of 1838-1839, 15,000 Cherokees were forced out of their ancestral lands to make room for those settlers. They were made to move to what is now Oklahoma, a journey of 1,200 miles. About 4,000 Cherokees died on the way.

The route that they followed is known as "The Trail of Tears" or "The Trail Where They Cried" because of how much they suffered on the way. Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was a stopping point on that journey. In 1993, the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park opened in Hopkinsville to honor the Cherokees and all Indians, the original inhabitants of America.

Every September, there is a powwow in the park. This is a gathering of Native Americans and those who enjoy or want to learn more about Native American culture and traditions. Dancing in native costume, singing, storytelling, and craft demonstrations are all part of the celebration. Thousands of people come from all over the country to participate.

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