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 Otahki

Otahki

Birth
Death 1839
Burial Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 8646 · View Source
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Cherokee Folk Figure. Born in what is today western Tennessee, Otahki, also known as Nancy Bushyhead, was the sister of Baptist Minister, Jesse Bushyhead. She became the secondary wife to John Walker with whom she had two children. Walker was killed in 1834 during intertribal feuding. When the Cherokee were forced to move west to Indian Territory, they endured appalling conditions and many died as a result. During the winter of 1838, as they reached the Mississippi River, ice delayed their crossing. When they finally ferried across, legend relates that Otahki died following the crossing. She was buried in what is now the Trail of Tears State Park in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Her grave was maintained throughout the years by locals who replaced the wooden marker with an iron cross in about 1870. In 1962, the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau erected memorial monument dedicated not only to Otahki, but to all the Cherokee who died on the Trail. The memorial's inscription which reads: "Princess Otahki, daughter of Chief Jesse Bushyhead one of several hundred Cherokee Indians who died here in the severe winter of 1838-39" is unfortunately highly inaccurate. The Cherokee do not recognize such titles as princess, nor was she the daughter of a chief; further, research indicates Jesse Bushyhead was her brother, not her father and that he was a minister rather than a chief. Bushyhead descendants accepted the tribute on behalf of all Cherokee who suffered and died during the Trail of Tears.

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  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8646
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Otahki (unknown–1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8646, citing Trail of Tears National Park, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .