I remember my great-grandmother's
words: "We are all like the fingers of a hand. We each are
free to move in any direction we choose, but yet we are all tied
to each other forever." It took time and some powerful experiences
to understand these words.
A family is more than blood. A family, with its invisible boundaries,
is a collection of shared experiences and generational bonds that
hold a group of people together. Each generation affects those that
come after, in ways monumental and minuscule. Many hands weave the
filter through which we see the world. Threads from the past inexplicably
find themselves sewn into our present; a smile, a belief, an expression
or a laugh drifts through the generations.
Our family is strong. The love we share is as much for our individual
contributions as it is for the humanness of our shared ancestors.
Like all families, we are no better or worse than the limits that
human nature will allow.
Take a journey through the lives of a Cherokee family. Follow 6
generations 130 years into the past and back to the present.
Length 03:45.2 minutes