By Susan Hylton
John Beaver and Justin Giles of the future Muscogee (Creek) Nation Museum will be bringing those stories to light as they trek some 1,080 miles for the tribe's first "Ocmulgee to Okmulgee" Trail of Tears Bicycle Tour.
Beaver will be the cyclist and Giles will be filming and blogging along the way during the three-week tour, which starts Saturday and is slated to end June 23.
The trip symbolically follows the removal of the Creeks from the southeast in the 1830s to Indian Territory but begins long before that at the Ocmulgee Mounds area, which the Creek people settled around 900. Today it is the site of the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Ga.
By Wayne Crenshaw
The song, he said, speaks of an appointed land and place where someday his people would meet and have a reunion.
Approximately 80 tribe members came from Oklahoma, as well as a few from other areas for the event.
For more on commemorative treks, see Trail of Tears Bike Ride and Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride.
Below: "John Beaver, director of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Museum and Cultural Center, right, shakes hands with Nation Principal Chief George Tiger at the Ocmulgee National Monument on Saturday. Beaver is cycling from Macon to Okmulgee, Okla., on an Ocmulgee to Okmulgee Trail of Tears Bicycle Tour." (Jason Vorhees)