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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Friday, August 12, 2005

More Heritage Center News

August 10, 2005, Cherokee Artist Wins Prestigious Award

Victoria Mitchell Vazquez, Oklahoma Cherokee potter, recently received a fellowship award as visiting artist to the “Native Arts Program” from Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. In August 2005, she will travel to Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Boston to research their museum collections. Her area of study will include the pottery, artifacts and culture from the time periods of Woodland Culture, 1000 B.C. – A.D., the Mississippi Culture, 1000 – 1600 A.D. and Historic Culture, 1500 – 1800. Click here for more.

August 10, 2005, Pottery Auction of a Lifetime!

Triple A Auctions has contracted with us to have a huge “Everything Goes” auction at the Pottery Plant in Porum on August 27, 2005. It is roughly scheduled for 10:00am. The auction is open to everyone. All items must go--molds, mixers, green ware and even the kilns!

August 10, 2005, More Heritage Center Happenings

Heritage Center artist Tonia Weavel will be doing a Cherokee clothing lecture for the Cherokee County Home Extension group on August 23, 10 a.m. at the community building. It’s open to their membership. Kathryn has new t shirt designs in the museum store-- Tribal Tagz, Tiger and new CHC shirts galore. Kathy VanBuskirk will be teaching a round reed basket class September 17. Fee is $30 and pre registration is recommended.

August 10, 2005, Development Office Doings

Interim Development Director and Membership Director Wil Lowe talked to Kyle Smith from the RedWind Group. Inc. in Houston, TX about strategic planning activies for the Cherokee Heritage Center. Kyle is well-known for his work with Native American groups and planning. Wil will also attend a grant research seminar in Tulsa through the Oklahoma Center for Non-profits. Abigayle Tobia, formerly of Price Tower in Bartlesville, has accepted the Development Director position and will start September 5th. Welcome, Abigayle!

August 10, 2005, Artists and Crafters Helping the Center

North Carolina artist Betty McCullen is sending items she has made to the Heritage Center, like masks, arts, and crafts items to donate to the museum store. This will benefit the Cherokee Heritage Center. If you would like to donate new, Cherokee-related items instead of money to help benefit the Cherokee Heritage Center, please contact Kathy VanBuskirk at 888-999-6007.

August 10, 2005, Traditional Clothing Exhibit

We are proud to have on display Heritage center employee and artist Tonia Weavel’s exhibit of Cherokee clothing. Tonia mentored with Cherokee artist Wendell Cochran. The mentor program is made possible through the Cherokee Nation to pass along traditional arts and crafts from generation to generation. The Cherokee Heritage Center is proud to have staff who have participated in this program for many years. Tonia’s exhibit will be up through Cherokee Holiday. Again we congratulate her and Mr. Cochran on a wonderful job.

August 10, 2005, Flute Circle News

The last Flute Circle was a great success, with flute players and makers coming from Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. We were happy to have Cherokee flutemaker Jerry Fretwell come out and show everyone his wonderful flutes. Fretwell works with different woods and makes them in Missouri. The next Flute Circle will be August 19th from 7-9pm at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

We welcome everyone who plays, makes, or just has a curiosity about flutes. It's free for everyone. Also, check out our Museum Store for local flutemakers who create one-of-a-kind wood and rivercane flutes, including: Joyce Barnes, Darrel "Longhair" Bowin, Jerry Fretwell, Sonny Arm-in-Trout, and Tommy Wildcat.

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