Cherokee National Treasures featured on KTUL weekly segment

August 6, 2013

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Experience the rich culture and history of the Cherokee Nation through the eyes of the prestigious Cherokee National Treasures, during weekly segments on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

The television show airing weekday mornings at 9 a.m. each Wednesday in August is featuring a segment highlighting a Cherokee National Treasure. Cherokee National Treasures are prestigious citizens who actively work to preserve and revive Cherokee cultural practices that might otherwise be lost from one generation to the next. Each Cherokee National Holiday, a handful of Cherokee citizens are awarded the distinction by the Principal Chief based on recommendations from the National Treasure Advisory Committee.

“We are proud our National Treasures are getting the exposure they so richly deserve,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Our cultural experts preserve our traditions and educate people so that the spirit and the heritage of the Cherokee Nation remain as vibrant today as it ever was.”

The upcoming KTUL schedule includes the following National Treasures:

Aug. 7 – Victoria Mitchell Vasquez, of Welch, received the honorary distinction of Cherokee National Treasure in 2012 for her work with traditional Cherokee pottery.

Aug. 14 – Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice, of Tahlequah, was named a Cherokee National Treasure in 1991 for her work with traditional Cherokee loom weaving.

Aug. 21 – Roger Cain, of Stilwell, received his Cherokee National Treasure distinction in 2007 for his work with traditional Cherokee mask making.

Aug. 28 – Edith Cather Knight, of Stilwell, was honored as a Cherokee National Treasure in 1992 for her work with traditional Cherokee clothing.