Symbolism of the Remember the Removal kit design
The Cherokee National Council sent a delegation which included John Ross, Elijah Hicks, Situwakee and Whitepath to Washington, D.C. in 1838 to present Congress with a petition signed by 15,665 people protesting their removal treaty. Many of the signatures written in Cherokee syllabary, a portion of which are recreated on the Remember the Removal jerseys.
Swirls represent not only the “trail” in the Trail of Tears, but also individual trails and trials our ancestors and we today must all walk, some alone, some with others. It is hoped that the individuals going on this journey find their own trail to a better understanding of who they are and where they come from.
One copper side panel has seven of our seven-pointed stars representing the seven clans. While the other side panel has only one, representing those we lost along the trail. It is a way of saying to the rider you are not alone but have your extended clan families and the memories of loved ones who have gone ahead with you on your journey.
The colors of red, black, yellow and white are traditional Cherokee colors that are found in mound artifacts. Also, Cherokee objects made of copper are represented by the color of the side panels.
The Remember the Removal official kits were designed by Cherokee National Treasure Dan Mink. They can only be earned by participating in the ride. They are not available to the public, sorry!
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