TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Cherokee Nation is now accepting nominations for the tribe’s esteemed National Treasure distinction. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 7, at 5 p.m. with selected recipients announced during the 72nd annual Cherokee National Holiday celebration in September. 

The distinguished National Treasures actively work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation.

The honor of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon Cherokee Nation citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. The award was established in 1988 by Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee National Historical Society.

Nominations are accepted in nearly 30 categories, ranging from traditional foods and bow making to beadwork, basketry and graphic arts. This year, gourd art was added to the list.

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Download list of nomination categories

Download nomination form