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Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Given by the Great Spirit above”

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
1. "Given by the Great Spirit above" Marker
Inscription. During the 18th century, Cherokees worked hard to defend their homeland from invasion by Anglo-Americans. The nature of Cherokee politics - dispersed and locally defined - often hampered unified resistance to the invaders. In 1809, the Cherokee created a National Council to unify resistance to American's increasingly aggressive attempts to take Cherokee lands. Although only men sat on the council, Cherokee women retained the traditional right to address political issues. In 1818, a group of Cherokee women encouraged the National Council to refuse to cede land to the Americans.

We have called a meeting among ourselves to consult on the different points now before the council, relating to our national affairs. We have heard with painful feelings that the bounds of the land we now possess are to be drawn into very narrow limits. The land was given by the Great Spirit above as our common right, to raise our children upon & to make support for our rising generations. We therefore humbly petition our beloved children, the head men and warriors, to hold out to the last in support of our common rights, as the Cherokee nation have been the first settlers of this land; we therefore claim the right of the soil. Petition, June 30, 1818

"The land was given by the Great Spirit above as our common right, to raise our children upon

"Given by the Great Spirit above" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
2. "Given by the Great Spirit above" Marker
This map illustrates the land cessions made to the English and American governments between 1721 and 1838.
& to make support for our rising generations."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 24.423′ N, 85° 0.383′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker can be reached from Blythe Ferry Road 2 miles north of Hiwassee Highway (Tennessee Highway 60), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Birchwood TN 37308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "To Learn and not Forget" (here, next to this marker); "Orders No. 25" (here, next to this marker); General Winfield Scott (here, next to this marker); "Your Fate is Decided" (here, next to this marker); "Chains of Friendship" (here, next to this marker); "A Desire to Possess" (here, next to this marker); "Not a treaty at all" (here, next to this marker); "Forced from this country" (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Birchwood.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
"Given by the Great Spirit above" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
3. "Given by the Great Spirit above" Marker
In the middle of this view.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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