an Oklahoma Legend
an American Folktale
The white men and the Indians (elders, children, mothers)
In 1830, The white men forced the Indians out of their homeland because they wanted the gold that was there. So they forced them to walk a trail (now known as the trail of tears) towards the west. Many started dying and so the elders started praying. The next morning, they began to see white roses growing up along the trail. it seemed that they had sprung up overnight where their tears had fallen. They found these flowers as a hope that a better day was coming for them.
What the flower represents:
The petals of each rose were white like their tears.
The center was yellow like the gold the white men wanted
THE SEVEN LEAVES ON EACH STEM REPRESENTING THE SEVEN CLANS OF THE CHEROKEE NATION
AND EACH FLOWER STANDS FOR ONE TEAR
That the flower was a reminder of the past and a hope for the future and we should always have hope even in hard times.