Riding to Remember
Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride
By: Jerry Shadow Wolf Davis
About the Book
The government made us more promises than I can remember, but they never kept but one; the government promised to take our land and kill the buffalo, and they did.
Riding to Remember explores the tragic history of the American Indian: from the usurping of their homes and land, the erosion of their customs and culture by European immigrants, to the current political climate. A warning—for those who do not learn from history, are destined to repeat it.
More than that, though, Riding to Remember is a celebration of a proud and powerful people. May they never be forgotten.
About the Author
The descendant of a full-blood Cherokee, Jerry Shadow Wolf Davis has a vested interest in preserving the memories of his ancestors. A founder of the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride®, he works tirelessly to educate others, ensuring the history of the Native American Indian is not forgotten.
(2019, Paperback, 134 pages)
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"I just finished reading a book written by my uncle, Jerry Shadow Wolf Davis, called “Riding to Remember: Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride”. I’ve always been interested in genealogy, and I love history. As someone with American Indian heritage, I have often wondered about them and the events around their forced relocation known as the Trail of Tears. I remember my mother talking about the wonderful things her brother (my uncle Jerry) was doing, along with others in Alabama, to bring attention to this not-well-known history, especially by creating the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride.
I learned a lot from this book about the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Indian tribes. The book talks about their history, where and how they lived, and how hard they fought encroachment on their land by the white man. I learned about the numerous treaties between these tribes and the United States that were broken by the US government, which eventually led to the very tragic Trail of Tears. The book also tells how the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride was started, and things that have happened because of it. I found all of this fascinating. If this this topic interests you as it does me, I recommend you read this book."
"Just finished reading this book. I found it to be a fascinating read about the history of what led up to the tragic removal of the Cherokee and other Native Americans to reservations in Oklahoma. It has some details of some very interesting characters instrumental in fighting this removal and shows how the government lied to and took advantage of these groups of people. It too is a cautionary tale of what can happen when other nations are allowed to come in through porous borders to the extent that power is gained through politicians wanting votes to gain power by not requiring assimilation but requirements that concessions are made to accommodate the people pouring in. It shows how our freedoms can be taken for granted and lost if we are not paying attention. I so enjoyed learning how the commemorative annual motorcycle ride of The Trail of Tears got started. It has grown every year and has made so many people aware of this tragic time in our history. I am so proud of my brother, Jerry Shadow Wolf Davis, for being the founder of this annual event and this book shows the research he has done in order to educate us of this dark time in history. I recommend this book. Could hardly put it down. If you’d like a copy, let me know (I think I have some pull with the author) or you can order directly from the publisher: https://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/riding-to-remember/"