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The plant grew along the famous "Trail of Tears" where
the Cherokees were lead at gun point by the U. S. Army
in 1838 and 1839, forcing them to leave their homeland
where they had lived for thousands of years. President
Andrew Jackson ordered their removal under the Indian
Removal Act of 1830 in order to allow the mining of gold
that had been discovered on their land. The corn seeds
are tear drop shaped and corn seeds as each tribal
member (over 4000), died along the way. Everywhere a
tear dropped a corn tears plant began to grow, sprouting
teardrop shaped seeds near the top of each stalk (photo
at top). The Cherokees began using these seeds to make
necklaces to symbolize their tragic removal.
Cherokee Indian "Trail of Tears" Corn Tears Necklaces p.1
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bchero702 Cherokee Made Corn Bead Necklace
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This corn bead necklace was made by Deanna Crosby, a member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. It has Job's Tears seeds with green, yellow, orange and black seed beads. Cherokee legend says the corn-related plant called Job's Tears has tear-shaped seeds representing the tears Cherokee's cried as they were forced by soldiers to walk 1200 miles to a reservation. Job's Tears plants sprouted along the trail as Cherokee tears wet them. 28"
cb-50010 Cherokee Made Corn Bead Necklace
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This Cherokee Indian corn bead necklace was made by Deanna Crosby, a Cherokee member of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation. The necklace has high quality seed beads and traditional seeds of the corn-related plant Job's Tear's. Cherokee legend says Cherokee tears shed for those who died along the trail as soldiers marched them 1200 miles caused the seeds to sprout. 28" long.
chero8925B Cherokee Made Trail of Tears Necklace
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Corn bead necklace with silver feather, high quality Czech seed beads, Jobs Tears corn beads and silver clasp. 23 long. Shipping is free.
3cb11110 Cherokee Made Trail of Tears Necklace
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Made by Cherokee Theresa Standingdeer, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this traditional seed bead necklace has pink and white seed beads. 32 inches long. Shipping is free.
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3cb6104 Cherokee Made Corn Tears Necklace
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This Trail of Tears necklace was made of the traditional corn tears and seed beads by Cherokee Nation Tribal member Marcella Foreman using coral beads and yellow and black seed beads. She used traditional corn tears seeds which come from the grass Coix lacryma-jobi growing along the Trail like the Cherokees have done for centuries to remind themselves of the forced march. 25 inches long. Shipping is free.
3cb6109 Cherokee Made Corn Tears Necklace
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This is a Trail of Tears necklace made of the traditional corn tears and seed beads in yellow and pink. It was created by Cherokee Nation Tribal member Louisa Soap. The corn tears seeds come from the grass Coix lacryma-jobi growing along the Trail and shaped like a tear drop. 33 inches. Shipping is free.
Corn Tears necklaces are made
from the seeds of a corn plant
relative called "Job's tears" (coix
lacryma jobi).
Above: Cherokee Elizabeth Brown Stephens was one of
the few Cherokee to survive the long treacherous walk.
3cb6105 Cherokee Made Corn Tears Necklace
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This is a Trail of Tears necklace made of the traditional corn tears and white and orange seed beads. It was created by Cherokee Nation Tribal member Marcella Foreman to display the seeds shaped like a tear drop. Shipping is free.