Friday, April 29, 2011

Wichahpi Stone Wall - A Unique Memorial to A Native American Woman

"For last 30 years Tom Hendrix has been building, all by himself, a long serpentine stone wall, about 7 km south of Tennessee-Alabama border just off the Natchez Trace Parkway, USA. The wall is a memorial to his great-great-grandmother Te-lah-nay, who at the young age of just 14 years was evicted from her homeland along with her Yuchi Indian tribe and forcibly driven from Lauderdale County, Alabama to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) on the infamous or rather the tragic Trail of Tears as a part of forcible resettlement of Native Americans from the eastern United States to Oklahoma...During a conversation with an elder of the Yuchi tribe he was told "All things shall pass. Only the stones will remain." These words gave him the idea to build the stone wall as a Memorial."

The stones assembled near the start of the wall, resemble faces/eyes.

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