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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Monday, October 17, 2005

Cherokee Heritage Center Receives Top Honors at Governor’s Conference

The Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla., received two Redbud Awards and a Merit award during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Tulsa October 2-4. The center was awarded a Redbud for Best Sponsorship/Partnership, a Redbud for Best Web Site and a Merit award for Outstanding Temporary Exhibit for the Cherokee Athletes Exhibit displayed in January.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association host the annual Redbud Awards, honoring excellence in tourism attractions, events and promotional efforts across the state. These awards represent the highest honor given for tourism in the state of Oklahoma.

The Best Sponsorship/Partnership category was judged on significant expansion of advertising or promotion budget due to sponsorships or cooperative efforts, creativity in soliciting sponsorship dollars and effective use of sponsorship dollars. The Cherokee Heritage Center won for its partnership with Cherokee Nation Enterprises on the production of a full-color informational magazine, “Cherokee Adventures,” designed to lure tourists to the entire Cherokee Nation.

The Best Web Site category was judged on ease of use, creativity, visual appeal, appropriateness for target audience, site effectiveness and achievement of goals. The Cherokee Heritage Center site,, recently underwent a re-design in cooperation with the Information Systems department of the Cherokee Nation.

Each category offers only two awards, a Merit award and a Redbud. The Cherokee Heritage Center’s Cherokee Athlete’s exhibit received a Merit award for Outstanding Temporary Exhibit. This category was judged on creative and unique elements, marketing, publications and improvements or enhancements made to exhibits since initial display.

“We are honored to have been recognized by our peers in the industry and by the State of Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Heritage Center Public Relations Officer, Ami Maddocks. “The support we have received from the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Enterprises and the community is appreciated by everyone here at the center.”

The Cherokee Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee history and culture. The center is home to the Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Cherokee National Museum and the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater. For more information on the Cherokee Heritage Center’s events and attractions, call (918) 456-6007 or visit the Web site at

Students Relive Cherokee History at Ancient Cherokee Days

Hundreds of students recently had the opportunity to become part of Cherokee history during Ancient Cherokee Days, Oct. 13 and 14 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Designed for Kindergarten through 12th grade students, Ancient Cherokee Days provides an excellent venue for a school field trip that is both educational and entertaining.

This children’s festival, sponsored by the Flint Foundation, gave children the opportunity to experience Cherokee life in the 1500s.

“Events such as Ancient Cherokee Days and Indian Territory Days, offered in the Spring, give children a better sense of Cherokee culture and expand beyond the Trail of Tears story,” said Cherokee Heritage Center Education Director, Tonia Hogner-Weavel. “It is a great way for students to experience the rich history, but most importantly to see Cherokee culture alive and
thriving in today’s world.”

Participants of Ancient Cherokee had the opportunity to participate in cultural activities such as blowgun shooting, stickball, chunkey, Cherokee language, Southeastern art projects and storytelling.

In addition to these events, students took advantage of the many permanent features at the Cherokee Heritage Center, including the Ancient Village, Adam’s Corner Rural Village, Heritage Farm, the Cherokee National Museum and the Museum Store.

Cherokee Homecoming Art Show Winners Announced

The winners of the Tenth Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale were announced at a 12 p.m. awards ceremony Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Sponsored by Cherokee Nation Enterprises, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, 49 artists from across the nation competed in various categories for more than $5,000 in cash awards.

First prize was given in each division as well as a Grand Prize award. In addition to these awards, five Judge’s Choice Awards and 15 Honorable Mention’s were given. This year’s Grand Prize winner is Jane Osti for her contemporary pot “Arkansas Appliqué.”

Divisions and categories for the show include: Traditional Division - 1. Traditional Basketry, 2. Jewelry and Beading, 3. Traditional Pottery, 4. Traditional Arts; Contemporary Division – 5. Visual Arts (Painting and Graphics), 6. Contemporary Sculpture, 7. Contemporary Pottery, 8. Contemporary Basketry and 9. Textiles.

Unlike the annual Trail of Tears Art Show, the homecoming show is only open to artists who have membership in the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band of Cherokees. This distinction offers visitors the opportunity to purchase traditional Cherokee works.

Entered art work may be viewed on-line at For more information call the Cherokee Heritage Center at (918) 456-6007 or toll free at (888) 999-6007.

2005 Cherokee Homecoming Art Show Winners

Grand Prize Winner
Jane Osti – Arkansas Appliqué”

First Place – Traditional Division
Traditional Baskets

Bessie Russell – Famine Wheel

Traditional Jewelry & Beading
Martha Berry – After the Storm

Traditional Pottery
Lisa Rutherford – Nv-da Ga-sa-qua-lu

Traditional Arts
Dave Blackbird Jr. – Family Gatherings

First Place - Contemporary Division
Visual Arts
Virginia Stroud – Surrounded by Beauty

Contemporary Sculpture
William Demos Glass – Spider’s Journey

Contemporary Pottery
P.J. Gilliam Stewart – Starry Night by the Water

Contemporary Baskets
Lena Blackbird – Indian Summer

Julie Perkins – Nvki

Judges Choice Awards
Shawna Morton Cain – Unfinished Business, A Peace Wampum
Abraham Locust – Beaded Cane
Virginia Stroud – Baby Bonnet Beaded
Carlene Wiley – Black Beauty
Joe Scott Jr. – War Club

Honorable Mentions
Bill Rabbit – The Elders
Lisa Rutherford – A Tsi Di
Kathy Van Buskirk – Fall
Sharon Irla – Serpentine Birds
Darrell Bollin – Ivory Billed Woodpecker
Judith Emerson – Into the Light
Jacque Young – Where the East Wind Blows
Valerie Blea – Small Pack Basket
America Meredith – Double Eagle
Tonia Hogner-Weavel – For Thelma
Mary Beth Nelson – Corn Woman
P.J. Gilliam Stewart – Thunder Boys
Roger Cain – Booger Mask
Jacque Young – Talking PentaclesShirley Sims – My Wild Pink Rose

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