Cherokee Heritage Center Announces Schedule for 2013


Center to feature art shows, exhibitions, educational programs and cultural classes.

(PRWEB) January 04, 2013

Cherokee Heritage Center, the premier cultural center for tribal history, culture and arts, continues its commitment to preserving and honoring Cherokee culture in 2013 by offering several art shows and exhibitions, educational programs and cultural classes.

“Our goal is to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture,” said Barbara Girty, interim deputy executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “This year, we are offering some special exhibits celebrating our 50th anniversary that make for a memorable experience.”

Art Shows and Exhibitions

J.B. Milam Exhibit – Jan. 1-April 14: Jesse Bartley Milam served as a model Cherokee leader and businessman. Find out more about the man, father, entrepreneur and chief who led the Cherokee Nation into a new century.

Indian Territory Days – April 4 & 5: Two days of hands-on activities, traditional Cherokee games and demonstrations for school-aged children, with a focus on the late 19th century.

Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale – April 20-May 27: Authentic Native American art presented in one of Oklahoma's oldest art shows.

Gospel Sing – May 18: Local Cherokee groups sing gospel songs in Cherokee and English. A free hog fry is provided to the guests and participants.

Cherokee Ancestry Conference – June 14 & 15: A presentation of Cherokee history and culture as well as resources helpful in tracing Cherokee ancestry.

50th Anniversary Exhibit – June 1-Aug. 18: Celebrate 50 years of Cherokee National Historical Society history through memorabilia of the Ancient Village, Trail of Tears drama, Cherokee National Museum and other significant programs of the Cherokee Heritage Center during the past 50 years.

Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale – Aug. 24-Sept. 15: Enjoy authentic traditional and contemporary Cherokee artwork.

Cherokee National Homecoming Fair – Aug. 30-Sept. 1: An exposition held during the Cherokee National Holiday featuring Indian arts and crafts, food vendors, games and demonstrations.

First Families of the Cherokee Nation Reunion – Sept. 1: A celebratory gathering of Cherokee descendants who can demonstrate legal residency prior to ratification of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution.

Ancient Cherokee Days – Oct. 3 & 4: Two days of hands-on activities, traditional Cherokee games and demonstrations for school-aged children, with a focus on the early 18th century.

50th Anniversary SevenStar Gala – Oct. 19: The 2013 dinner will be a celebration of the Cherokee Heritage Center's 50th anniversary, honoring all former and current CNHS board members.

Ani Tsalagi: The Cherokee People, Portraits by David Fitzgerald – Sept. 23-Dec. 31: The Cherokee story is brought to life through never-before-seen photography by internationally renowned photographer David Fitzgerald.

Genealogy Classes – first Saturday of each month: Learn about family history with experienced genealogists at the Cherokee Family Research Center.

Classes are designed to teach Cherokee culture and history through the arts. Each class will feature a historical overview and art instruction. All materials are provided. Students leave with a project.


Cultural Classes

Flat Reed Basketry – March 9: The history and making of baskets from flat reeds will be studied, $40.

Advanced Beadwork – April 13: Learn the advanced elements and history of Cherokee beadwork, $65.

Advanced Pottery – June 1: Learn the history of Cherokee pottery while learning the techniques necessary to make ancient Cherokee pots, $40.

Children's Workshop – July 13: Treat your child to a memorable crafts session where they can build and take home their own Cherokee pot and basket, $40.

Blowgun and Marble Making – Sept. 21: Learn the ancient tradition of blowgun and marble making in this exciting course, $40.

Round-Reed Basketry – Oct. 26: Explore the history of round-reed basketry, $40.

Cultural class registration is required since attendance is limited. Children must be at least 12 years of age, and an adult must accompany children ages 12-17.

Each class is four hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All classes are held on Saturdays. Groups of 10 or more can request customized classes from a variety of Cherokee arts.

For registration or additional information, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center education department at (888) 999-6007 or by email at tonia-weavel(at)cherokee(dot)org.

Cherokee Heritage Center admission is $8.50 per adult, $7.50 per senior (55 and older) and students with proper identification, and $5 per child. Admission price includes all attractions. Entry to the grounds and museum store are free.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, from December through March. From April through November, the center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on the 2013 season and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007, email at info(at)cherokeeheritage(dot)org or visit


About Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts. Located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., it was established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center is also home to the Cherokee National Archives, which is the Nation's foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts from the 1700s through present day. The Cherokee Heritage Center is situated on the grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary, which is one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service has designated the Center as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail of Tears for the Cherokees and other tribes forcibly removed to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, during the 1800s. For more information, please visit

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