TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Heritage Center is treating guests to three days of fun-filled activities during the 62nd Annual Cherokee National Holiday this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31.
“The Cherokee National Holiday weekend is one of the busiest, most fun times of the year here at the Cherokee Heritage Center,” said Dr. Candessa Tehee, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “Guests who visit us will find a lot of great Native American art for sale, a wide variety of tasty food options and different types of live entertainment.”
The Cherokee Heritage Center’s free admission weekend offers guests the opportunity to visit the museum, the Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit and the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In lieu of charging museum admission, Cherokee Heritage Center officials will accept donations at the entrance. Guests will receive a tote bag for a donation of $5 or more.
New this year is an entertainment stage that will feature various Cherokee gospel groups, storytellers and more Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All acts will be performing on a new permanent stage that is funded by Grand River Dam Authority and Tahlequah Public Works Authority.
Guests can also enjoy the only all Native American arts and crafts fair presented during the Cherokee National Holiday, with more than 80 Native American vendors featuring original paintings, prints, jewelry, basketry, beadwork, traditional clothing, flutes, pottery and quilts, among many other items. There will be more than 10 food vendors, including food trucks.
As part of the Cherokee National Holiday weekend, there will be the Cherokee marbles finals and a blow gun competition that is open to all ages.
The First Families of the Cherokee Nation will be hosting their annual reunion on Aug. 31 from 1-3 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. Others interested in becoming members may learn more about the organization at the Cherokee Heritage Center booth or on their website.
Guided tours of Diligwa cost $2 and will be offered every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Cherokee Heritage Center sits on a 49-acre complex and is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma. The center is home to thousands of tribal historical objects, documents and photographs. During the year, guests enjoy various art shows, exhibits and educational programs.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. For information on the 2014 season events, operating hours and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007 or visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org. It can also be found on Facebook by searching “Cherokee Heritage Center.”
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