“The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy” will be shown at noon March 1 at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw.
Those attending will be served lunch before the movie.
Librarian Bethia Owens said the 115-minute documentary tells the story of a dark time in American history when President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act forced the relocation of the Cherokee Nation to Indian Territory (in what is now Oklahoma) in 1838. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee Nation died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children.
The story is presented by Cherokee actor Wes Studi and is narrated by James Earl Jones. It features the voices of James Garner, Crystal Gayle, John Buttram, Wilma Mankiller, Gov. Douglas Wilder and others. The music is by the noted Native American group Walela, a trio that began with Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Coolidge, and Priscilla’s daughter, Laura Satterfield in 1996.
Awards the film received include:
Silver World Medal for History, New York Festivals 2007
Silver Film Award, Telly Awards 2007
Best Documentary, American Indian Film Festival 2006
Founder’s Award, International Cherokee Film Festival 2006
Best Documentary DeadCenter Film festival
Best Feature Documentary Native American Music Awards
Platinum Best of Show Aurora Awards
Winner AEGIS Awards
To make reservations for the presentation contact the library at 98-775-4481.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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