Fortitude

New Years Eve.  Thinking of my blessings,  being with my husband, calling a few close friends on the phone, enjoying wonderful food and drink  .  .  .  .  .

Thinking about which word chooses me for 2012.  Fortitude.

In the midst of all of this, I honour my Mvskoke ancestors and am grateful for the fortitude given to me from my Tribe.

Even though this letter, beautifully read by Johnny Cash, is about the Cherokee Removals in 1938, it captures some of the experience of each of the 5 tribes removed on the Trail of Tears.

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