“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)


“The Trail Where They Cried”

Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 14, 2010
1. Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I Marker
Inscription.  This sculpture is a small piece of theater, a tableau to engage the spectator in the heartbreak of the Cherokee walking west on the two routes of the Trail of Tears that crossed in Pulaski. Fear, suffering, survival, and resolve are expressed within the postures and facial expressions of each human being. The young girl tugs the mother's sleeve, pleading to go home. Her dog stops to sense if they will return. The weary mother is torn between the girl's longing and the future of the baby. The man, barefoot and in tattered clothes, walks westward with dignity and the determination to survive. The trail is rough and pitted with the ruts of wagon wheels, hoof prints and footprints of others. The footprints on the trail were made by casting the actual footsteps of two Cherokee people.

Artist Gail Bergeron and Pamela Keller, both professors of art at Athens State University, entered the story of the Cherokee removal by their ties to Giles County. Both artists relocated to Giles County by choice. The history of this town became their story, too. They spent eight years researching, fund-raising and designing this sculpture before a metal armature
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By Sandra Hughes, April 14, 2010
2. Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I Statues
(skeleton) was created of each figure. Then, the artists spent 350 hours adding clay to the armatures to form the figures. When completed in clay, a mold was made, taken to a foundry in Georgia and poured in bronze.

"Imagine yourself in the place of these travelers, and then educated yourself enough to realize we should never cross these paths again." Gail Bergeron

"Artist used their gifts to interpret experiences held in common among people throughout time, telling the stories of other to help the story live on. We remember that they were here. With this bronze memorial we honor the collective human spirit that strives to become a more just and equitable society." Pamela Keller
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 11.731′ N, 87° 1.762′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker is at the intersection of Stadium Street and South Rhodes Street on Stadium Street. Behind the Trail of Tears Interpretive Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); The Benge Route (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center (within shouting
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By Sandra Hughes, April 14, 2010
3. Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I Statues
distance of this marker); The Bell Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Davis Avenue Historic District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Adams (about 500 feet away); General John Adams, CSA (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,030 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on March 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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