Osiyo! ᎣᏏᏲ Hello!
Arrive at 9 and plan to spend most of the day to fully enjoy all the day has to offer! Volunteers begin cleaning up at about 3pm in preparation for the Visitor Center closing at 3:30pm. A link will be provided for the October 26, 2019, Cherokee Heritage Day schedule in early October—we're still working on scheduling activities for this day!
In recognition of our Indian Territory heritage, those with (any) tribal ID are admitted free this day.
Wado! ᏩᏙ Thank you!
Each year a handful of Cherokee National Treasures and Keetoowah Tradition Keepers join us to share their culture and provide opportunities for people to gain a better understanding of Native American culture.
At past events, storytellers Sequoyah Guess and Robert Lewis have shared their culture's stories. Lorene Drywater displayed her Buffalo Grass Dolls. Betty Frogg and Kathy Vanbuskirk shared their basket weaving skills. Perry Vanbuskirk demonstrated atl atl making and use. Richard Fields demonstrated his bow-making skills. Karen Coody Cooper and Matt Anderson featured finger weaving. Kenny Glass exhibited his textile skills.
Interactive stations around the museum provide opportunities to learn about the Cherokee culture. Stations may include finger weaving, mask making, corn husk dolls, pottery, games, face painting, kanuchi preparation, pump drills, etc.
In past events, the sounds of Tommy Wildcat, flute player, and Cherokee gospel music have added to ambience of the day.
Vendors are invited to display and sell products that relate to Native American culture. Often, the craftspeople demonstrating will sell their wares or contract for a project during the day.