Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Walking the Trail One Man s Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears One fall morning Jerry Ellis donned a backpack and began a long lonely walk retracing the Cherokee Trail of Tears the nine hundred miles his ancestors had walked in The trail was the agonizing

  • Title: Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears
  • Author: Jerry Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780803267435
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • One fall morning Jerry Ellis donned a backpack and began a long, lonely walk retracing the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the nine hundred miles his ancestors had walked in 1838 The trail was the agonizing path of exile the Cherokees had been forced to take when they were torn from their southeastern homeland and relocated to Indian Territory Following in their footsteps, EllOne fall morning Jerry Ellis donned a backpack and began a long, lonely walk retracing the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the nine hundred miles his ancestors had walked in 1838 The trail was the agonizing path of exile the Cherokees had been forced to take when they were torn from their southeastern homeland and relocated to Indian Territory Following in their footsteps, Ellis traveled through small southern towns, along winding roads, and amid quiet forests, encountering a memorable array of people who live along the trail today Along the way he also came to glimpse the pain his ancestors endured and to learn about the true beauty of modern rural life and the worth of a man s character.

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    1. "I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. Mainly because I would not recommend it for everyone but if you are a very spiritual soul and identify with the same need to connect with your Cherokee or Native American roots as the author did then I would more highly recommend it, thus the reason I read it and for myself would have given it a higher rating. However, from a literature standpoint it is not all that well written. I would have also liked to have had more details from the history [...]

    2. this a fantastic book,I read in in 2 days .once you start reading you can't stop husband also read it.I've read it more than oncever tied of reading ite story is well told and it does at timesmake you cry,typical can feel his resolve to feel what our elders and the Cherokee people must have gone through,the cold,the pain of watching loved ones die for no good reasond being treated less than the human beings that they were. I to wish I could make the same journey,if only to say a prayer for their [...]

    3. You can't help but feel you have traveled each and every blister inducing step with Mr. Ellis as he brings you along with him on this soul bearing adventure. You will feel as though you are by his side as he meets the people (and animals!) that are peppered throughout his journey and their stories will touch your heart and stay with your mind. This book is filled with history, passion for that history and is absolutely brimming with human spirit at it's finest. Thank you, Jerry Ellis, for taking [...]

    4. I was moved by the author's journey on the trail of tears. As a Chattanooga native I was disappointed that he spent more time talking about the beginning of his journey in Oklahoma. By the time he reached TN he was so happy to be almost home he just glossed over this part of the trip. The tales of the people he met along the way will make you laugh and some stories will make you cry.

    5. My family purchased this edition for me at the Red Clay State Park here in TN when they were out just looking at Native stuff and the Trails etc. I already had this book, but didn't want to tell them that as I cherish anything my family gives to me. I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy from the author back in 1994 when he was here in Chattanooga at the Books-A-Million we used to have here. The thing I regret the most is I wish I could have read this book before meeting the author. I wou [...]

    6. this was a quick light readthere were a couple of good and or intersting passages but it was too personal, not great writing and the good passages weren't often enough or long enoughok for a bit of historyit was about ellis' walk from oklahoma to georgia (the trail of tears in reverse) to honor the cherokee nation who were forced by the u.s. gov't to relocate from their ancestoral home in the southeastern mountains of georgia, alabama, tenn and north carloina in 1838 4 thousand died on the trail [...]

    7. I wanted this book to be better than it was, though I have a difficult time explaining just what is was I didn't like about it. I thought the subject fascinating and really wanted to get a lot out of reading it. I definitely wasn't impressed by the author's writing style which seemed very simplistic and, at times, almost boring. And while I have no doubt that the author's walk was a very spiritual experience, his descriptions of that aspect of it never struck the chord in me I was expecting. May [...]

    8. A very accessible account of a journey backwards along the Trail of Tears. His writing style is lovely, and the people he meets along the way are the stars of the stories. It's a beautiful commentary on US society in the south.

    9. This books gives a social commentary on the current times as well as in the time when the trail of tears occurred. It is also a travel narrative from a Cherokee's perspective, which is very interesting.

    10. OK. I was interested in the topic, having made a journey (by plane and rental car!) to Talequah myself, to explore my Cherokee heritage. And I often love books about long walksbut this guy was a bit annoying, and I didn't love this book.

    11. Jerry Ellis retraces the Trail of Tears in this beautifully written book. He does a wonderful job of expressing himself on paper and describing the different people he meets while walking the trail. I enjoyed how he wrote about finding a connection with everyone he met, even those he thought he had nothing in common. He described this as creating a "bridge". As someone who has also traveled and met many types of people, I could relate to this experience, wanting to find a connection. What stood [...]

    12. First off, there was one thing that bugged me in this book. When the author was in Nashville, he said he crossed the bridge over the Tennessee River. He didn't. He crossed the Cumberland River. The Tennessee River lies an hour or so west.Call me picky. I don't care.Other than the geography mistake, this was an interesting travel memoir. The author mixed a little bit of spirituality; a sprinkling of Cherokee folkways (who knew crawdad meat was good for poison ivy?) and his experiences with the pe [...]

    13. Rarely have I read an author so skilled with words that I actually felt as if I were a character in the story myself--a silent voyeur. But Jerry Ellis is that skilled a writer.Walking the Trail is filled with descriptions and stories of the author's 60 days walking the Trail of Tears. It is the story of one man's self-discovery, his memories, his dreams and his loves. If you long to take a journey that's both very personal and very mythical, read this book.Some passages were so deeply personal a [...]

    14. Walking The Trail; by Jerry Ellis I dont recommend that you read this book, unless your a very spiritual person, or if you have Native american roots in you.This book , was not that interesting, only a few chapters were, and those chapters weren long enough.The whole book was mainly about his walk from Oklahoma To Georgia , but in reverse. Mr.ellis wasnt very detailed in this book , i would of liked to know more about the Cherooke trail its self. But instead he put to much personla detail into t [...]

    15. I read a later book of Ellis, -Walking to Canterbury- a travel memior which is much more cerebral, about his connecting with his English side (father). In this first memior, first book, Ellis makes history and love and forgiveness come alive as he re-traces the Trail of Tears that many of his mother's and his ancestors underwent. I am blown away by the Earth spirit, ancestor spirit, family love, friendship love, romance and possibility of fights. What is there not to love.Very much a re-readable [...]

    16. I have been reading tragic books for so long I kept expecting there to be something bad around the corner and then there never was. It is a great account of this man's epic walk and a tribute to the good in people even in the context of one of the worst things to happen in this country. I kind of expected there to be more about the Trail of Tears but was happy to read the story instead. I'd read this again and I don't say that about many books.

    17. Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Jerry Ellis (Delacourte Press 1991) (917.604). Author Jerry Ellis, a Cherokee, retraced the Trail of Tears walked by his ancestors in 1838 from North Carolina and Georgia to Oklahoma. This is the story of what he found and what he learned. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 1998.

    18. being part Cherokee, I enjoyed his recount of a petsonal experience walking the trail. His spiritual reflections were interesting, but not too 'out there' as he was analytical of every thing that happened along the way. I laughed at his quirky humor, and how he laughed at others as much as himself.

    19. Doing some research on a book i'm writing and came across this little gem. very much enjoyed this walk across states, depending on his own legs, the kindness of strangers, and the weather. Pitching his tent under the stars and looking for the signs in nature. Nicely done. Good observations along the way and the reader benefits.

    20. Generally accompanying mr Ellis on his 900mile walk along the trail of tears was an enjoyable experience. He described the people he met with understanding and his surroundings poetically. We get to share his interior tumult as he tries to place himself alongside his predecessors on the trail. Rather a lot. A short quick read. Just as well.

    21. This is a quick read. Once into it you don't want to stop reading. Author Jerry Ellis is insightful. His ability to read and connect with people is rare. I am a traveler and nature lover by nature and this book touched all those places for me.

    22. Interesting perspective from a Cherokee man in today's world on his experiences while walking the Trail of Tears.

    23. It was a very good book. I makes you really wonder if Andrew Jackson knew what he was doing. I felt like I knew the author very well by the end of the book.

    24. Enjoyed the prose of this book as well as the author's experiences. Very well written and so like classic literary prose that were required reading in College lit class.

    25. I am a sucker for true travel adventure, or "road" books. There are alot of interesting characters in this one!

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