First Friday Traditional Games

 June 7

Have fun learning a new game to play on the grounds of the Cherokee National History Museum! Traditional games like chunkey, stickball, marbles, hatchet throwing and more are led by experts in the culture and history of these games. Watch and take part in exciting traditional games on the grounds of the Cherokee National History Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on June 7, July 5 and August 2.

Call 877.779.6977 for more information.

Cherokee Artist Showcase

 June 8

The Cherokee National History Museum will host beadwork artist Seli Stewart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Stewart, a Cherokee Nation citizen residing in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, will showcase her intricate work in flat stitch, brick stitch and peyote stitch.

Call 877.779.6977 for more information.

Stories on the Square

 June 12

Every Wednesday in June, you can watch Cherokee storytellers bring stories to life at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion in downtown Tahlequah. After each day’s stories, children can participate in a fun craft activity and take home what they make. Stories on The Square is free and open to all ages!

Today's presenter: Robert Lewis: Clay Medallions

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Cherokee Nation Special Election

 June 15

Cherokee Nation voters will decide whether the tribe should call a constitutional convention.

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Stories on the Square

 June 19

Every Wednesday in June, you can watch Cherokee storytellers bring stories to life at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion in downtown Tahlequah. After each day’s stories, children can participate in a fun craft activity and take home what they make. Stories on The Square is free and open to all ages!

Today's presenter: Candice Byrd-Boney: GorgetScratchers

Call 877.779.6977 for more information.

Stories on the Square

 June 26

Every Wednesday in June, you can watch Cherokee storytellers bring stories to life at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion in downtown Tahlequah. After each day’s stories, children can participate in a fun craft activity and take home what they make. Stories on The Square is free and open to all ages!

Today's presenter: Sammy Still: Round-Reed Baskets

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Ongoing Events

Cherokee Delegate: An Unalterable Promise

 September 2, 2023–June 1, 2024

Know the history behind Cherokee Nation’s pivotal call to Congress to seat its Delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. The exhibit “Cherokee Delegate: An Unalterable Promise” looks at a story hundreds of years in the making. Visitors will learn about the treaties between the Cherokee Nation and the United States of America – including the 1835 Treaty of New Echota – at the foundation of this right. The exhibit also discusses how this role is unlike past Cherokee diplomatic representatives, and it looks at the appointment of Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress Kim Teehee.

Read more at Visit Cherokee Nation.

Kindra Swafford: Journey Through the Woods

 May 1–October 13, 2024

“Kindra Swafford: Journey Through the Woods” connects with community and nature in the newest installation at the Cherokee Cultural Pathway in downtown Tahlequah. The public art display is now open and features 13 large-scale reproductions of Swafford’s work highlighting a commitment to Cherokee language, culture, environmental stewardship and community. “Kindra Swafford: Journey Through the Woods” is the latest exhibit in a series of art displays to be featured at the Cherokee Cultural Pathway and runs through Oct. 13, 2024. Kindra Swafford is a Cherokee mixed-media and watercolor artist out of Tahlequah, OK. Swafford’s artwork, expressed through a variety of media with watercolor being the artist’s primary choice, has won multiple awards including recognition at the Trail of Tears Art Show.

Read more at Visit Cherokee Nation.

Crosslin Smith: The Healer’s Journey

 May 14–September 14, 2024

Visit the exhibit “Crosslin Smith: The Healer’s Journey,” on display May 14 – September 14 at the Saline Courthouse Museum, 55870 S. 490 Road, Rose, Okla. Admission is free. The late Crosslin Smith was a spiritual leader and healer in Cherokee Nation. As the grandson of Cherokee traditionalist Redbird Smith, Crosslin kept “the old ways” burning into the 21st century. Frequently invited to address the Cherokee people at important events, Crosslin led in prayers and teachings, bridging the ancestral past to Cherokee Nation today. Before his passing in February 2024, Crosslin and his family assisted in creating an exhibit about his life and work. The exhibit includes pieces demonstrating his pride of military service and commitment to education. It also includes his books and objects demonstrating Crosslin’s commitment to keeping Cherokee traditional spirituality alive for future generations.

Read more at Visit Cherokee Nation.

Woven Legacies: Carrying a Cherokee Tradition

 May 24–November 3, 2024

Thanks to countless unknown Cherokee women and men through the ages, Cherokee traditional basketry has endured despite centuries of tragedy, loss and turmoil. Basket weaving is still prolific among Cherokee people who learned their skills from elders knowledgeable in the natural materials and techniques used by our ancestors to build practical, often beautiful, works of art. While basketry now is focused largely on artistry, the old ways are still revered. “Woven Legacies: Carrying a Cherokee Tradition” looks at the history, art and people of Cherokee basketry and the presence of community support to continue this expression for generations to come.

Read more at Visit Cherokee Nation.