August 15, 2007

"Amazing Grace" = Cherokee hymn

Most Famous Christian Song Written By Slave Trader“Amazing Grace” experienced a completely unexpected incarnation with the Indian Cherokee tribe during their “Trail of Tears”. The Cherokee tribe was forced to move to reservations in 1838 and during this journey, about 10,000 people lost their lives due to hunger, disease and inhumane conditions. The tribe remembers this period as the Trail of Tears.

Due to a large number of deceased people or lack of time during their journey, they could not burry their dead with dignity, so the Cherokee tribe had to be satisfied with singing their version of “Amazing Grace” over the deceased.

Long after the “Trail of Tears”, the song remained popular with the tribe and today is considered to be the informal Cherokee hymn. It was sung by many Indian artists.

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