The third episode of We Shall Remain, Trail Of Tears, aired last night, and if you haven’t been watching these documentaries on PBS, you should. Yeah, there’s the American Experience historical documentary acting, but Wes Studi made an appearance in last night’s episode, so you can’t get too hell bent on that. The documentaries are interesting because, ultimately, they show that the Native Americans played an active role in their own history.
The Trail Of Tears refers to the march that southeast Native Americans made to Oklahoma after being relocated by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Last night’s episode focused on the Cherokees, who set up a European legal system, became Christian, and adopted their education system to the Western world, only to be forced out by the government and local militia. 4,000 of the 15,000 Cherokees that walked to Oklahoma, while singing Christian hymns, would die and never get to see the the new life that they made for themselves.
Next week’s episode focuses on the infamous leader of Chiricahua Apaches, Geronimo.