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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 Indian Trails of Tears Necklace
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Traditional Corn Tears necklace made by Cherokee Indian Louisa Soap of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma. Has actual Jobs Tears seeds, with turquoise and black seed beads. Cherokee legend says that a corn related plant with seeds shaped like tears sprouted along the Trail of Tears, as the Cherokees cried for their people who were dying on the way to the Indian Territory reservation. Shipping is free.
cb-50010 Cherokee Made Necklace
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Authentic Cherokee Indian corn bead necklace made by Cherokee artist Louisa Soap, a member of the Cherokee Nation. The necklace has high quality seed beads and traditional seeds of the corn bead plant. 32" long. Shipping is free.
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.
3cb1111-84 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 dark blue and white seed beads. 32 inches 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.
3cb6106a Cherokee Made Corn Tears Necklace
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This is a Trail of Tears necklace made corn tears seeds and silver, pink and white seed beads. It was created by Cherokee Nation Tribal member Marcella Foreman, Donna Soles or Louisa Soap to symbolize those lost during the long hard march called the Trail of Tears. Shipping is free.
3cb6101 Cherokee Made Corn Tears Necklace
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This is a Trail of Tears necklace made of corn tears, seed beads, silver and turquoise beads. It was handmade by Cherokee Nation Tribal member Louisa Soap using the traditional corn tears seeds. Shaped like a tear drop, these seeds became symbolic of the tear drops flowing down the faces of the 20,000 Cherokee as they mourned the 4000 lost during the long hard march. 32 inches. 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.