Rare Image of Native American Removal
The Choctaw Girl. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, ca. 1835.
The Choctaw Girl tells the story of Tewah-hokay, a pious Native American girl who suffered a fall while her family was removing with other Choctaws from Mississippi to their new home in Oklahoma. As a result of her fall, she was bedridden, but steadfastly urged her family to trust in God, before dying in July, 1834. This is a rare image depicting Indian removal appearing in the children’s book; it hauntingly portrays Choctaws heading out in a Conestoga wagon.