The National Park Service is proud to present Trail of Tears, produced in collaboration with the Cherokee Nation.

Trail of Tears exposes one of the darkest chapters in American history: the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians from the southeast United States to a new home in the West, and the Cherokee people's determined struggle to maintain their cultural identity.

The 23-minute DVD tells the story of the Trail of Tears and is available for free. To request one email.

Stories of hardship, endurance, love, and loss come alive as a grandfather experiences removal with his granddaughter.

Watch this short video with Cherokee writer Shane Smith. He shares how this film came to be, while a narrator with video clips gives the viewer snippets of the Trail of Tears story.

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Responses to "Discover the only documented movie made about the Trail of Tears."

  1. Unknown says:

    Good info, but does not show any of the trauma they actually endured. I dont mean it should show blood and gore - The narrator's voice was gentle throughout the entire documentary. I dont think this gets the point across at all. I am so proud of our NA survivors. They are still struggling today! What can we do to fix that?? That is what I want to know!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am glad they said Georgia did this. they wanted to buy the land and lots and for money they kicked them off the land belonging to Georgia land. and the sold the land .

  3. Anonymous says:

    The land did not belong to Georgia, it belonged to the Cherokee!!

  4. Unknown says:

    Thank you, and well done. While I do see the point Patricia made about the trauma, I am thankful that this could be shown to upper elementary and middle school students without hesitation.

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