TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Those who cannot make it to Washington, D.C., for Cherokee Days at the National Museum of the American Indian can still take part in the historic event by watching two days of online live coverage.
“Not everybody will be able to participate in person, but that doesn’t mean the programs, information and people won’t be accessible,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We have worked diligently with the Smithsonian in Washington to ensure our sessions will be streamed online for Cherokee citizens, historians and general enthusiasts. We encourage people to watch and be a part of this unique heritage and history sharing event.”
On Friday, learn more about the Cherokee language with Roy Boney; gain appreciation for Cherokee art with artists Shan Goshorn and America Meredith; watch a lecture about the historic Trail of Tears with Catherine Foreman Gray; or delve into Cherokee genealogy with Roy Hamilton.
On Saturday, there will be traditional dancing performances in the Potomac Atrium along with the Cherokee National Youth Choir. Tommy Wildcat, who is a Cherokee National Treasure, will perform traditional flute music, and Junior Miss Cherokee, LaNice Belcher, will perform a piano concert in the Rasmuson Theater.
The discussions on Friday and the performances on Saturday start at 10 a.m. CDT and can be viewed via live webcast at http://nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts/.
The Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band will share the Cherokee story that spans time immemorial to the Trail of Tears to the successes of the modern tribes. The educational program includes an exhibit showcasing a timeline of historical milestones, live cultural art demonstrations and scheduled cultural performances.
This historic joint endeavor will occur at the National Museum of the American Indian as it celebrates not one, but four exciting milestones: the 25th anniversary of the signing of the charter establishing the museum; the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum in New York City; the 15th anniversary of the opening of its Cultural Resource Center; and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
For more information, visit www.nmai.esi.edu.
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