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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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Donation from Dr. Mahaney!

May 26, Thursday, Wonderful Donation Received by Dr. James Mahaney

Dr. James Mahaney, supporter of the Cherokee Heritage Center and a local optometrist, has donated two rows of theater seats for the upcoming State of Sequoyah Exhibit. These seats came from the old Thompson Theatre downtown, and were used for decades here in Tahlequah. The seats let us bring Tahlequah history into the exhibit--it is through these community partnerships that help us continue with our mission throughout the year. Thanks, Dr. Mahaney!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Trail of Tears Art Show Ends on May 29!

Trail of Tears Art Show 2005

The 34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale will be shown at the Cherokee National Museum, located on the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center, through May 29. All work is for sale but can not be removed until the closing of the show. For more information on this prestigious show and other Cherokee Heritage Center events, call (918) 456-6007, or toll free at (888) 999-6007.

Click Here to Visit the Trail of Tears Art Show Online Gallery!

Special Benefity Opening Proceeds Apace!

The Heritage Center kicks off its annual summer Trail of Tears Drama with a special benefit opening that includes a reception, silent auction, and dinner in Adams Corner Rural Village on June 18, from 4:30 to 8:00. Hope to see you there!!

Ancient Village Work Day

Several communities will come together on Saturday, May 28, to do repair and restoratio work on one of Tahlequah’s oldest attractions, the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Ancient Village. Cherokee Tribal Council members Audra Smoke-Conner from District 1, Don Garvin from District 4 and Cara Cowan from District 7 will bring with them several volunteers from their districts to help preserve this piece of Cherokee history. Click here for more...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

E-Commerce at Heritage Center

StoreIT Guru Will Burgess is working with the computer whiz team at the Cherokee Nation to help get our museum store online. We've narrowed it down to a couple of providers, and should have shopping carts and online inventory up and ready in the next week. No more clicking on that “Shop“ link and getting one of those annoying “Coming Soon“ notices!

Ticket Pricing Survey

We're asking to take a moment of your time and do a quick, 2-question survey. How much would you pay for a Trail of Tears Drama ticket? Click here to take survey

Monday, May 23, 2005

Archival Materials Available Online

The Heritage Center's web site now has a number of archival materials available. Check our learn/history section of the web site. More of these fascinating letters and documents are in the process of being scanned and uploaded.

Hog Fry and Gospel Sing a Success!

Saturday night over two hundred people visited the Heritage Center to hear gospel music and enjoy the hog fry prepared by Perry Van Buskirk. Socializing among friends, enjoying the great music, and working up a big appetite were all the “order of the day.“ Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks to the Heritage Center staffers who helped pull off the event!

Historic Photos Added to Site

We've just added over 100 historic photos of the ancient village to the web site. Check these images and see if there's anyone there you recognize. How things have changed!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Flute Circle News

Last night's Cherokee Flute Circle hosted twelve area flutists and flutemmakers here at the Heritage Center. All were eager to play, talk about their craft, exchange tips and hints, and enjoy one another's performances. The next meeting will be on June 17, at 7:00 at the Heritage Center. Everyone is invited, beginner to expert to never played at all.

Cherokee Artists Association Meeting

On Thursday night, the Cherokee Artists Association met at the Heritage Center for the first time. This group is dedicated to preserving, learning, teaching, and marketing Cherokee art. They discussed the success of the Chattanooga Public Art Project completed by the Gadugi Cherokee Artists Team. The project allowed Cherokee artists from Tahlequah to display and market their artwork to an urban audience that they would otherwise not have been able to reach. Thursday's discussion laid the groundwork for future marketing projects, and promises to bring Cherokee artists together and enhance their exposure. The next meeting will be held at the Heritage Center on June 9 at the Community Hall behind the Cherokee Restaurant at 6:30.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Eli Nofire to Attend Gospel Sing

Eli Nofire, respected Cherokee elder employed with the Heritage Center for years, the person who formed the Heritage Singers, the man who managed Adams Corner, and the brother of Sam Nofire, suffered a stroke last year. He has made astounding progress in his recovery, has enjoyed time at home with his wife Mary (who we also adore), practiced writing Cherokee as part of his recovery and rehabilitation. Eli speaks, reads, and writes fluent Cherokee, and is one of the greatest cultural ambassadors that we have. It is our pleasure to announce that he wil likely be at the Gospel Sing tomorrow! Eli, we look forward to seeing you!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Gospel Sing Attendees

The Gospel Sing on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m., will feature the following groups:
Cherokee Flute Circle
Cummings Family
DD Etchison
DJ & the Cherokee Choir
Girty Family Singers
Kingfisher 3rd Generation
Kingfisher Quartet
Melody Aires
Nofire Family
Sonja Hartness

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Hog Fry and Gospel Sing

Get ready for our intergalactically-famous Hog Fry and Gospel Sing, this Saturday at the Heritage Center, from 4-8 p.m.What is a hog fry, you may be wondering? Perry Van Buskirk cooks the world's tastiest pig and seasons it with flavors that will blow you away. Sponsored by BancFirst and Mrs. Smith's Bakery, you're in for a treat!! You elbow your way into the line to make sure you get yours, and you get servings of brown beans, fried bread, corn, and cobbler, and if you're still hungry, there's more (and you have a severe eating problem). Oh, one last small's free. We also enjoy gospel music by local Cherokee musicians and singers. Join us!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Art Power for kids at the Heritage Center

Seventh grade students from Bell School, Adair County, enjoyed the day at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Thanks to a partnership grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council, students were able to visit the Ancient Village, Cherokee National Museum and Adams Corner Rural Village. Students learned of Cherokee government and education and were treated to an art project. Read more here...

Museum Discount Booklets Now Available

The Cherokee Heritage Center now has area museum discount booklets. These booklets allow you to visit twelve other area museums and received discounts on either admission or at the museum gift store. They have over $80 worth of discounts and reduced admissions, and cost $5. Contact our museum store at 918-456-6007 to get yours, or be sure to ask for one when you arrive at the center.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Cherokee Heritage Center featured in USA Weekend

May 16, Monday
The Cherokee Heritage Center was featured in a weekend story yesterday by USA Today. “How the Cherokee people arrived in eastern Oklahoma from southern Appalachia is not a pretty story. What they did once they got there is a triumph of the human spirit. Upon arriving in Tahlequah in 1838 at the end of the 800-mile Trail of Tears, the people built a public school system, published bilingual newspapers and enacted representative government -- 70 years before Oklahoma gained statehood. Today, Tahlequah is the political, cultural and commercial capital of both the Cherokee Nation, the country's second-largest tribe, and the United Keetoowah Band. At the Cherokee Heritage Center in nearby Park Hill, visitors can learn history, research genealogy, take nature tours, watch performances and explore re-created villages. Its very existence is a tribute to the perseverance of the Cherokee and, by extension, all Native Americans.“

Loom Weaving Class May 21

Education Director Tonia Weavel is gearing up for her cultural class on Loom Weaving for May 21. Learn more about this traditional craft, and have a try yourself. Classes require pre-registration. Call Tonia at 918-456-6007 x 31. These classes are a fantastic way to learn about Cherokee culture and heritage, and to improve or start a new hobby. Set in the beautiful location of the Heritage Center, you'll also get to enjoy how lovely things are now that spring has really, really sprung. Join us!

34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show Winners Announced

The winners of the 34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show were announced Saturday, April 30, at an awards ceremony held at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

The show features more than 200 works from 134 artists. These talented artists competed for more than $10,000 in prize money in the following seven categories: Painting, Graphics, Sculpture, Miniatures, Basketry, Pottery, and Trail of Tears Theme.First, second and third prizes were awarded in all seven categories, as well as a Grand Award and numerous Honorable Mentions. This year’s Grand Award winner is K. Henderson for her painting “Son of the Earth.”

When asked about her winning entry, Henderson said, “It’s kind of a typical piece of what I’m doing now. I go through old photos of the Plains Indians in their more elaborate outfits and then I simplify them to match my style. This painting is based on an outfit I saw.”Henderson strives to include a lot of emotion in her art, compelling the viewer to take a deeper look.“I try not to dictate what the viewer should see,” said Henderson. “I leave it up to the viewer to get out of the painting what they can. They make up their own stories and emotions. I try to get a deep emotion but leave it up to the viewer what that emotion is.”

Henderson received $1,500 for the grand prize award. Other cash prizes were also given to the first, second and third prize winners in all seven categories. First place received $600, second received $400, and third place received $200. Guests of the show can vote on their favorite works for the highly sought after People’s Choice Award.

This award earns the artist $100.These cash awards were made possible by show sponsors Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Loom Weaving Class

Education Director Tonia Weavel is gearing up for her cultural class on Loom Weaving for May 21. Learn more about this traditional craft, and have a try yourself. Classes require pre-registration. Call Tonia at 918-456-6007 x 31. These classes are a fantastic way to learn about Cherokee culture and heritage, and to improve or start a new hobby. Set in the beautiful location of the Heritage Center, you'll also get to enjoy how lovely things are now that spring has really, really sprung. Join us!

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