63rd Cherokee National Holiday Celebration a Must if in Oklahoma This Weekend

Traditional dancer relaxes on Friday night. Native News Online photo by Linda Sacks.

Dancer relaxes on Friday night. Native News Online photo by Linda Sacks.

Published September 5, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The 63rd Cherokee National Holiday is underway this weekend in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The event that began Thursday is expected to draw over 100,000 to celebrate the beautiful Cherokee culture.

Cherokee HolidayThe annual celebration commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839.

This year’s “reunion” theme incorporates family gatherings and large-scale activities and extends this year to the bison herd that has returned to Cherokee Nation soil for the first time in 40 years.

“The Cherokee National Holiday is something we look forward to each and every year. It marks the largest homecoming of Cherokee citizens and is a three-day celebration of Cherokee history and heritage,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

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“From the annual powwow to the downtown parade, cultural demonstrations to the traditional games, great food and wonderful music, there is something for everyone to experience. We encourage everyone to come enjoy the hospitality of the Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Holiday 3The tribe’s One Big Family Reunion event is scheduled from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, at the W.W. Keeler Complex. It is designed to help Cherokee citizens trace their family lineage to the Dawes Roll. Tribal officials are hoping to use data collected to create a family tree database similar to Ancestry.com.

The Cherokee Nation will offer free trolley rides between event sites today, Saturday, September 5.

For more information abou the 63rd Cherokee National Holiday, click here.

Native News Online photos by Linda Sacks.

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