Indian Territory Days Allow Children to Take a Step Back in Time

04/07/2003
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April 7, 2003

Indian Territory Days Allow Children to Take a Step Back in Time

Tahlequah, Okla. –The Cherokee Heritage Center is hosting Indian Territory Days on April 9, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help students learn about Cherokee History.

“Letting children learn through experience can be the most exciting way to teach them about history,” said Ami Maddocks, marketing director for the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Students participating in Indian Territory Days will be entertained by storytellers, demonstrations, re-enactments and puppet shows. They can participate in arrowhead hunts, stickball games, blowgun shooting and museum tours. Visitors can also visit stations in the Ancient Village where they can learn about Cherokee culture such as basket weaving, flint knapping, and housing structures.

"We hope to educate children about the culture of Cherokee people through building structures, agriculture, craftsmanship and games," said Tonia Weavel, education director for the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Most of the activities will take place in Adams Corner Rural Village. This village contains seven buildings designed to represent lifestyle as it might have been found in the Cherokee Nation between 1890-1900, just before Oklahoma statehood. Adams Corner is also home to a number of animals that were typical of Cherokee settlements such as Dominique Chickens and Pineywoods Cattle.

Concession items will be sold out of the General Store in Adams Corner and face painting will be available for $1. Children may also purchase items to remember their special day through the Museum Shop.

Admission to Indian Territory Days is $4. For more information or to register contact Tonia Weavel at the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007 or e-mail her at education@CherokeeHeritage.org.