Choctaw Trail of Tears Walk

Choctaw Trail of Tears Walk

May or June
As European settlers migrated west, the Choctaw Indians were forced from their Mississippi and Louisiana settlements. In the 1830s thousands of Choctaw people suffered from starvation, disease, and cold, wet weather for which they were ill-equipped, having had to leave all their possessions behind, and thousands died during the movement to reservations in what is now Oklahoma.
Each year many Choctaw families and friends gather in Skullyville, Oklahoma, where the dead were buried. There is an annual historic reenactment of the walk, known as the "Trail of Tears" walk, and other events. Traditional Choctaw foods are served, and Choctaw baskets, renowned for their intricate patterns, are on display.
CONTACTS:
Choctaw Nation
P.O. Drawer 1210
Durant, OK 74702
800-522-6170 or 580-924-8280; fax: 580-924-4148
www.choctawnation.com
Skullyville Cemetery of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Hwy. 9 E
Spiro, OK 74959
www.skullyville.com
SOURCES:
EndurHarv-1995, p. 242
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