Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

January 10 Flute Circle

Tsalagi Youth Flute Ensemble

The Tsalagi Youth Flute Ensemble is getting ready for its first performance February 10th. They will perform for the student body at Central Elementary in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The ensemble is scheduled to give an hour long presentation on flute music, as well as their own experience and stories with the flute. Posted by Seth

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Board Retreat

The Cherokee National Historical Society held its annual retreat for the board of trustees on Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Locust Grove. The board and the museum's management discussed a variety of strategic planning issues that included attendance, fundraising, membership, the facility, and a variety of other issues. Photos of the retreat are posted here. Posted by Seth

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Cherokee Flute Circle

Friday night the Center held a Native American flute circle--great folks getting together to learn, share, and appreciate music! Click here for photos!

Friday, January 21, 2005

Where did the week go?

It was a week ago that we had our staff retreat at Western Hills. Photos posted here. Since then things have gone by like a whirlwind. We're developing a regional museum discount coupon booklet with help from our friends in Muskogee and Tulsa, talking to local and regional ESL programs about developing tours for international students, getting ready for a visit by 90 folks from the Oklahoma Historical Society, and in between all that having a retreat for the board of trustees today and Saturday while getting ready for our next major exhibit that features Cherokee athletes. Posted by Seth.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Honorary Dinner for Larry Adair and Herb Rozell

The Cherokee National Historical Society invites you to a fantastic evening at the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa to honor Speaker of the House of Representatives Larry Adair and Senator Herb Rozell.

The dinner will happen on February 26, 2005, with a 6:00 p.m. reception and silent auction, and a special introduction at 6:30 by Jay Hannah. Dinner will be at 7:00, with an 8:00 awards reception and roasting by Rick Littlefield and Larry Williams. Special guests include Principal Chief Chad Smith and Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin.

The Casino is located on I-40 just east of Tulsa in Catoosa. Please contact us for your reservation by February 12. In addition to a wonderful evening, you will find out (if you haven't already!) why the Cherokee Casino is the premier entertainment venue in this part of the country. Posted by Seth.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Always Advance, Never Retreat

Well, unless it's the annual Cherokee Heritage Center's employee retreat. This year we're retreating to Western Hills Resort at Sequoyah State Park. The two-day retreat will involve discussions about ways to better fulfill our mission and to improve upon all aspects of our operation. Seth

Monday, January 10, 2005

Schedule for the New Year

Our schedule for 2005 is currently being formatted for publication in a two-sided rack card. Our curator and in-house designer Mickel Yantz has come up with a design that we think you'll like, replacing the large fold-out that we used last year. As soon as the final piece is completed, we'll post it here as a PDF. Seth

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

"You Hit the Fish" Club

Ladies and Gentleman, it is the moment you have all been waiting for… it is time to announce the inaugural members of the You Hit the Fish Club!

You may be curious, how can I get into this exclusive club? It takes hard work, dedication and extreme concentration. When visitors go on the tour, we basically make them apart of a pre-European contact Cherokee village. They learn about housing, food, government, culture and more through a guide who talks with individual villagers performing daily activities. One of the games visitors are encouraged to play is stick ball. Rules vary, but ultimately one would use specially made sticks to throw a ball at the carved fish that sits atop a 2 story pole. If you were one of the visitors who hit the fish, you got in the club! I asked Robert Lewis, a tour guide in the ancient village, “What are the benefits of this elite club?”

“This year we have 40 people who got into the You Hit the Fish Club. We didn’t start taking addresses and email addresses until after the first few. But, these people will get a little something special. Next year I want to have pre-made membership cards with a description and art for visitors show off to friends and family.” Robert said people always ask what happens if the fish gets knocked off?

“I just say that it will NOT get knocked off. We have to get a new pole for next year, but we will probably use the same fish.”

Les Williston, creator of the fish and other native works, said, “The fish is made from bois d’arc, which is used widely in traditional crafts. It does not rot, so it will last.”

If you would like more information about traditional native crafts, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center, or you can contact Les Williston directly at

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