Chandra -Lahiri
    Chandra  Lahiri

    Indian Summer

    Reflections from Muscat resident Chandra Lahiri’s month-long, solo trip across the Great Plains of the US, from Tulsa to Yellowstone National Park. The 5,200km road trip is an exploration of six states focusing on major Native American and Western Frontier sites

Day 1: Westward Ho!
Day 1: Westward Ho!
    May 27, 2018

The glint off the aircraft’s wing, much like the menacing flash off a Colt Peacemaker, wakes me. I am actually travelling Eastward Ho! Leaving home, in the East Bay, at 4am, it has been a long haul, across three time zones, from San Francisco, via the Mile High City of Denver, to the heart of the storied old ‘Indian Territory’, the very stuff of myth and legend. 

Day 2: Trail of Tears
Day 2: Trail of Tears
    May 27, 2018

A grief-maddened mother desperately reaching back to the stone cairn under which her small child is buried, while her heartbroken husband tries to gently urge her away. The soldiers will not let them tarry, even to grieve, and their best consolation is the thought that they will, almost certainly, join their child in the next few days, anyway. This heart-rending sculpture, in the Trail of Tears diorama at the Cherokee Heritage Museum, is the most searing image branded into my brain - my gut-wrenching memory of Tahlequah.