“Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy” explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838.
Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee National died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children. Presented by Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones.
Distinguished Awards: Silver World Medal for History, New York Festivals 2007 Silver Film Award, Telly Awards 2007 Best Documentary, American Indian Film Festival 2006 Founder’s Award, International Cherokee Film Festival 2006 Best Documentary DeadCenter Film festival Best Feature Documentary Native American Music Awards Platinum Best of Show Aurora Awards Winner AEGIS Awards
James Earl Jones narrates Rich-Heape Films, Inc.’s “Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy”
Noted actor James Earl Jones had previously provided his voice to Rich-Heape Films, Inc. award-winning documentary Black Indians: An American Story. Mr. Jones, who is of blended African and Cherokee heritage, narrates in his customary and convincing tones and will lead an already distinguished group of celebrity voices.
Wes Studi, the best known Cherokee actor, presents the documentary film, speaking on camera in his native tongue (with subtitles). Mr. Jones and Mr. Studi are supported by the celebrity voices of actor James Garner, Crystal Gayle and actor John Buttram and former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder reading diary excerpts, and a host of historical experts from major universities.