OsiyoTV documents the emotional journey of 19 young cyclists on the 2015 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, as they retrace the steps of their ancestors on the Trail of Tears.
OsiyoTV documents the 2015 Remember the Removal Bike Ride as 19 Cherokees retrace their ancestors’ steps on the Trail of Tears. It’s an emotional journey meant to teach the cyclists what it means to be Cherokee. Each cyclist spends months preparing for the three and a half week experience.
The Remember the Removal Bike Ride is challenging for the cyclists, both physically and emotionally. They conquer their fears, learn their history and experience, first hand, what it truly means to be Cherokee.
As the cyclists arrive in the capitol of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, they tell us what the’ve learned from the three-week long journey and how they’ll carry a message forward.
New Echota, The Cherokee Nation’s First Capitol
The Vann House, Best Preserved Cherokee Home in the Old Nation
Reverend Daniel Butrick was a missionary to the Cherokees in the 1830s in present-day Chattanooga, Tennessee. His journal begins at the Brainerd Mission Station and is one of the only known detailed accounts of the atrocities of the Trail of Tears. Rev. Butrick recorded sickness and death in concentration camps, where thousands of Cherokees were kept before being forced on the trail.