|Mural in Vian|
Vian is about 36 miles from Tahlequah the capitol of the Cherokee nation and many of the residents of Vian are tribal members, as is my family.
The Cherokees were forcibly removed from the eastern United States (Georgia mainly) in 1838 an event that became known as the Trail of Tears because so many of the tribe died along the way. They were settled onto land in what is now Oklahoma and the eastern portion of the state remains Indian Territory.
|Close-up of Mural, My Grandfather is the one in the white hat|
Vian itself has remained what we call " a one horse town", it has one grocery store, a bank, a post office, several gas stations and "antique" stores. Everybody literally knows everybody and quite likely are related in some way.
On some of the old buildings local college students have painted murals that show some of Vian's history. My Grandfather Richard Kennedy is in one of the murals so I took some pictures.
I can remember visiting Vian as a child and still seeing horse drawn wagons coming into town. My Grandparents lived outside of town and did not get running water or electricity till I was grown. When I was a child they had a well, we took baths in a tub and visited the outhouse to go to the restroom. They had an ice box and lights were kerosene lanterns. It was a very different world, but both my Grandparents lived to their 90's and none of their children reached that age, so maybe living simply is a better way of life.
|Where we ate a tribal restaurant in Tahlehquah|
|All signs in Tahlequah are in English and Cherokee|