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This story is based on the
true account of a young American Indian Cherokee boy lost on during a
government displacement of his tribe. He was adopted into the
family of German settlers and eventually became one of the first Native
physicians to Indian Territory.
Whole nations come and go. Powers
rise and fall. Civilizations
and peoples are winnowed by
time and circumstance down to the last survivor, and then they too
into the everlasting void. But
still eternal marks made and purposefully left for the land of the
living. And those
marks are the living flesh and
blood descendants of those who are forever gone.
While I do not wear the clothing of my great
grandfather’s fathers, I am not so foolish to have forgotten, or to have
despised, their legacy that is mine for the keeping, or likewise mine to
abandon. And that
legacy is found in
their stories – in his tale – this account of a remarkable man
lives on in the flesh of his descendants and in the hearts of all those
who follow after.
This is a story of primal loss,
of renewal, of life and of ultimate challenge.
Here is the account of an outcast who became great
to a few, who like
him willingly chose the life of an outcast on a vast rolling plain once
the great American desert. A
savage with no place in a white man’s world who, but by the grace of God,
many and reserved the destiny of his descendants under the great black,
sprinkled canopy of the Oklahoma plains.
This is the story of my great grandfather.