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, March 24, 2005

Free Admission on Cherokee Saturday

On the first Saturday of every month members of all federally recognized Cherokee tribes, and one guest, are admitted free to the Cherokee Heritage Center museum and villages. The next Cherokee Saturday is Saturday, April 2.

This is the last Cherokee Saturday to view the highly-acclaimed Cherokee Athletes exhibit. Like most athletic events, the exhibit will end with a closing ceremony. This ceremony will take places from 10 a.m. to noon on Cherokee Saturday. All who participated in and contributed to this successful exhibit are invited to attend the ceremony to enjoy refreshments and a final look at the history of Cherokee athleticism. From the brutal origins of stickball to modern athletics events, sports have played a prominent role in Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Athletes exhibit showcases the past and present, and pays tribute to the many Cherokee athletes who helped shape the world of sports.

Every year, numerous people visit the Cherokee Heritage Center, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, to learn more about Cherokee history and culture. The center is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit, the Cherokee National Museum, the Cherokee Family Research Center, Cherokee Heritage Tours and the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater, which was named one of America’s most beautiful outdoor theater venues. The center is devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee history and culture through more than 30 annual events, two competitive art shows, various attractions and the Trail of Tears Drama. The wide variety of activities offered help the Cherokee Heritage Center to reach its goal of becoming the best and most visited tribally specific educational facility in the world.

Guests can also learn more about their heritage thanks to the newly developed genealogy workshops, sponsored by Bartlesville Office Supply, held once a month at the Cherokee Heritage Center. On the first Saturday of every month experienced genealogist Roy Hamilton will be available at 11 a.m. to offer instruction on the numerous resources available for tracing one’s family history. While these workshops are free to tribal members on Cherokee Saturday, advanced registration is required.

The Ancient Village offers guided tours through a replica of a Cherokee village as it would have appeared before European contact. Visitors can witness Cherokee people performing the daily activities of their ancestors.

Adams Corner Rural Village represents the lifestyles of the Cherokee people in the late 1800’s. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the seven historical buildings that make up this replica of a Cherokee village.

Through the Trail of Tears Exhibit visitors can learn more about the tragic journey known as the Trail of Tears traveled by the Cherokee and four other tribes. Through special effects lighting, videos, audio recordings, art work, life cast figures and holograms, this exhibit gives a detailed account of the Trail of Tears, a tragedy that has become a symbol for the suffering of all Indian people.

The Museum Store offers a wide variety of books, apparel, jewelry, and other native arts and crafts.

For more information on Cherokee Saturday or on the Cherokee Heritage Center, call (918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007 or visit the Web site at


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