September 14, 2018
CHC hosting Ancient Cherokee Days Oct. 4-5, Cherokee Heritage Festival Nov. 1-2
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Area students have two opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge of Cherokee history and culture with an interactive day at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Ancient Cherokee Days is held Oct. 4-5, and Cherokee Heritage Festival runs Nov. 1-2. Both events feature similar curriculum for school-age children.
“These events bring history to life by immersing the students in an interactive and engaging environment where they can get firsthand knowledge about the history of the Cherokee people,” said Tonia Hogner-Weavel, education director for CHC. “Our history is an important part of Oklahoma and American history, and we are excited to share that with our guests. It’s also a wonderful way to show them that our culture doesn’t live in textbooks.
Admission for each event is $5 per student and accompanying adults are only $2. Teachers and bus drivers are free. Admission includes entrance to the Cherokee National Museum, the Trail of Tears exhibit, Adams Corner Rural Village and Diligwa, an authentic re-creation of Cherokee life in the early 1700s.
The outdoor cultural classes feature interactive curriculum and games based on Cherokee lifestyle in the early 18th century, including craft demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, food grinding, weapons or tool making, and language. Additional stations feature Cherokee games such as chunkey, marbles, stickball, blowguns, language activities and more. Face painting is offered at $1 per design and represents Cherokee tattoos from the early 1700s.
Groups are encouraged to make their visit a daylong event. Picnic tables are available for guests bringing lunches, and there is ample parking for school buses and private vehicles. Additional picnic and playground areas are available one-half mile south, at Hunter’s Home.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.