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, August 11, 2005

News from the Center

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.

August 9, 2005, First Families Welcome New Members

When Austin Nash Dillon of Plano, Texas, decided to take a vacation with his grandparents, he had no idea he would end up sitting in the office of Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad “Corntassel” Smith.

“It caught me off guard,” Dillon said. “They didn’t tell me we were doing this. It was very interesting to meet him.” Click here to read more.

August 8, 2005, New Team Member at the Heritage Center

We are pleased to announce a new team member at CHC, Lesa Rinehart, who has roots in this area, and recently moved back from Texas. Lesa will be the Group Tour Sales Coordinator. In other news, curator Mickel Yantz, archivist Tom Mooney, and Marketing Director Seth Davidson will be attending the Oklahoma Museums Association meeting. The Heritage Center has also sold out of food vendor spots for the CN Holiday, but have several arts and crafts spots remaining.

June 12, Julian Fite Memorial Fund

The board of trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. have established the Julian Fite Memorial Fund for the acquisition of materials and research into Cherokee law to be housed in the Cherokee National Archives.

Fite, general council for the Cherokee Nation, died June 2. He was also the vice president of the CNHS, the parent non-profit organization of the Cherokee Heritage Center. In response to the numerous contributions to Cherokee law made by Fite, the board decided the fund is an appropriate gesture to remember and honor Fite and the profession to which he dedicated his life. Click here for more information.


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