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Episode of "The Walking Dead" dedicated to the Native American legend of the Cherokee rose - Most Popular TV Series of the year.

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The Walking Dead Cherokee Rose Quotes

Carol Peletier: A flower?

Daryl Dixon: It's a Cherokee Rose. The story is that when American soldiers were moving Indians off their land on the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee mothers were grieving and crying so much 'cause they were losing their little ones along the way from exposure and disease and starvation. A lot of them just disappeared. So the elders, they said a prayer; asked for a sign to uplift the mothers' spirits, give them strength and hope. The next day this rose started to grow where the mothers' tears fell. I'm not fool enough to think there's any flowers blooming for my brother. But I believe this one bloomed for your little girl.


The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

In the latter half of 1838, Cherokee People who had not voluntarily moved west earlier were forced to leave their homes in the East.

The trail to the West was long and treacherous and many were dying along the way. The People's hearts were heavy with sadness and their tears mingled with the dust of the trail.

The Elders knew that the survival of the children depended upon the strength of the women. One evening around the campfire, the Elders called upon Heaven Dweller, ga lv la di e hi. They told Him of the People's suffering and tears. They were afraid the children would not survive to rebuild the Cherokee Nation.

Gal v la di e hi spoke to them, "To let you know how much I care, I will give you a sign. In the morning, tell the women to look back along the trail. Where their tears have fallen, I will cause to grow a plant that will have seven leaves for the seven clans of the Cherokee. Amidst the plant will be a delicate white rose with five petals. In the center of the blossom will be a pile of gold to remind the Cherokee of the white man's greed for the gold found on the Cherokee homeland. This plant will be sturdy and strong with stickers on all the stems. It will defy anything which tries to destroy it."

The next morning the Elders told the women to look back down the trail. A plant was growing fast and covering the trail where they had walked. As the women watched, blossoms formed and slowly opened. They forgot their sadness. Like the plant the women began to feel strong and beautiful. As the plant protected its blossoms, they knew they would have the courage and determination to protect their children who would begin a new Nation in the West.

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Responses to "Legend of the Cherokee Rose "The Walking Dead" (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Such a lovely tale... I had once made and angry post stating "why initials KKK? KiraKukulain, F the Klan, that's why" it was in reference of the klans of hate and oppression. Not the clans of the earth children. I Hope that such a dumb troll statement of anger did not go misunderstood...

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is a sad beautiful story with true lives involved.

  3. i remember the story my grand mother told it to me when i was 4 or 5 at the time it brought tears to my eyes and again when i see the story here i cried for those children who was lost along the trail of tears i thought the men were evil to force our people from their homes to go to a new land just because of greed...the whites still are very greedy we lost a lot of elders as well as children in that forced move...

  4. i remember the story my grand mother told it to me when i was 4 or 5 at the time it brought tears to my eyes and again when i see the story here i cried for those children who was lost along the trail of tears i thought the men were evil to force our people from their homes to go to a new land just because of greed...the whites still are very greedy we lost a lot of elders as well as children in that forced move...

  5. MaggieCr says:

    Glad they did that on Walking Dead. I believe.The Europeans had no right to do this to any Indians.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Many were lost on the trail of tears. It was because of greed that many died but they survuved with the help of ga lv la di e hi.Nothing can bring back the ones who did not survive but prayers are still said for them as we remember what was done to them and why. The elders and children lost will always be remembered.

  7. Anonymous says:

    so sad... :(

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