Cherokee National Treasure Richard Fields carves a traditional bow.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Three Cherokee National Treasures are demonstrating traditional Cherokee crafts during the opening weeks of Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival, Sept. 12-30, in Branson, Missouri.
Cherokee National Treasures Tommy Wildcat, Lisa Rutherford and Richard Fields will be highlighted inside the all-new Cherokee Indian Trading Post at Silver Dollar City.
“I’m excited to see these three Cherokee National Treasures be given an opportunity to share our Cherokee story right in the heart of Silver Dollar City, where tens of thousands of visitors pass through every day during this festival,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “I couldn’t think of a better way to show others from around the world that the Cherokee Nation is still here, that we are thriving, and that we continue to carry on the traditions we hold so near and dear to us as a tribe.”
Demonstrations by the three Cherokee National Treasures will include flute-making, bow-making, pottery and cooking foods such as grape dumplings, fry bread and kanuchi.
“I am very happy that Silver Dollar City – known all over the world – has chosen to help promote our Cherokee heritage and culture,” said Wildcat, a former winner of the Native American Music Award for Flutist of the Year. “We invite everyone to visit us at the Cherokee Indian Trading Post to learn about the Cherokee Nation and our people. Everyone will have a good time!”
The title of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon Cherokee Nation citizens who have an outstanding knowledge of Cherokee culture and arts and who are actively involved in preserving and reviving traditional cultural practices.
Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival runs Wednesday through Sunday. It was named as one of the top eight fall harvest festivals by U.S. News & World Report Travel. Aside from demonstrations by the three Cherokee National Treasures, the festival features more than 100 other visiting craftsmen performing live demonstrations.
For more information including a schedule of events and ticket information, visit https://www.silverdollarcity.com and click on Festivals & Events.
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