August 24, 2018
Enjoy the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show, First Families Reunion and more
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Immerse yourself in Cherokee culture at the Cherokee Heritage Center during the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2.
As part of the holiday celebration, CHC is offering free admission each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours of the 1710 ancient village offered for $5 per person.
“We have more going on at CHC than ever before and want to encourage people to take the time to come out and see us and experience Cherokee culture firsthand,” said Tonia Hogner-Weavel, education director and holiday coordinator for CHC. “This is a special time for us as we welcome home so many of our fellow Cherokee and invite the public to share in our celebration.”
Guests are encouraged to visit the Trail of Tears exhibit in the museum, as well as the recently opened Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale in the museum gallery.
Adams Corner Rural Village offers a variety of events, including special cultural activities for children and two book signings, “The Land of the Great Turtles” by Brad Wagnon and “We Are Grateful” by Tracy Sorrell.
More than 80 vendors participate in the annual arts and crafts fair, including several Cherokee National Treasures and United Keetoowah Band Master Craftsmen.
Inside the museum there will be a live print action station where guests can create custom souvenirs featuring southeastern designs.
The heritage center’s information booth will debut the newest souvenir bag, featuring the bead wall in the Trail of Tears exhibit, and offer special discounts on Cherokee Heritage Press books and membership packages for the Cherokee National Historical Society.
Saturday evening CHC will host Cherokee Stories with Robert Lewis beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the special event is $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the upcoming renovation of the Trail of Tears exhibit.
On Sunday, The First Families of the Cherokee Nation is hosting its annual reunion from 1-3 p.m. at Owen School, across from the Cherokee Heritage Center.
The annual potluck dinner coincides with the Cherokee National Holiday and honors the families who played a vital role in forming the Cherokee Nation. The event is hosted exclusively for FFCN members and their guests.