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Cherokee Tear Necklace-
This necklace is made using Cherokee tears or Cherokee corn beads and Czech glass pony beads. They are strung on artificial sinew and is approximately 25 inches long. The pony bead colors on this necklace are light blue, royal blue, and yellow. If you desire a different length, just convo me.
For those who are unfamiliar with Cherokee tears; they are natural seeds that are often used as beads. They are also commonly called Cherokee corn tears and Job's tears. It is best not to get the necklace wet. The necklace is made to slip over your head as there is no clasp.

My grandmother wore a necklace similar to this her whole life. It had a corn bead to remind her of the Tsalagi people and the tears they shed during the removal. Then seven glass beads to remind her of the seven Tsalagi clans.

"When the soldiers came to each household to gather the Tsalagi people together many wept tears of sadness over the loss of homes and personal belongings. Many were only allowed to take what they could carry and many were not allowed to take anything at all. As the people were taken from their homes they would cry out asking the Unelanvhi (Creator) to send a miracle.

Many realized that these things would happen according to some of our old teachings, but they still wept because this was the only home they had ever known. Unelanvhi looked down upon his children, the Tsalagi, and sent a miracle to help soothe their uyoayelvnv (sorrow).

At the place where the tears of our people fell, up sprang a shoot that looked like a cornstalk. As the plant bloomed and opened up, tears of gray fell to the ground. Unelanvhi said, “This will be a sign unto all who pass that my children will always be a part of this land. The cornstalk represents life for my children and the tears are gray for the anigiliyogv ale uyoayelvnv (suffering and sorrow).”

As the Trail of Tears began the people cried their tears of uyoayelvnv. They cried for the loss of family and home. As they walked along the trail, tears fell to the ground. Where these tears fell, there sprang up a small shoot and from it fell the tears of our people’s suffering."

Today these small plants (also called Job's tears) can be found where the Tsalagi once walked in times of sadness. From the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina to the Green Country of Oklahoma, to remind us that our people are strong and will survive just as this plant has. It also reminds us of the love our Unelanvhi has for his children.

This ayatlidi measures about 25 inches.
When you wear it ....remember.

Corn Necklace Cherokee Tears Job Tears Selu


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: jobs tears, sinew, pony beads, Cherokee tears, corn beads
  • Only ships within United States.
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