In 1830, the Indian removal act was signed into law by US Government. And in the year 1838 the Cherokee people were forcibly removed from their homeland. They were marched 1,200 miles of rugged terrain, and inclement weather.
About 5,000 Cherokee Indians died during this journey, including, women and children.
As they cried for their people who were dying on the way, their tears fell on the ground. It is said that everywhere a tear fell, a plant grew. This plant looks like corn stalk and the seed that grows in the middle of the stalk is actually shaped like a tear.
Corn beads or Cherokee tears still grew along this land called The Trail of Tears.
Today we honor those who passed on the Trail of Tears by wearing necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from these sacred corn beads.