Native American arts and crafts, Cherokee Homecoming Art Show among weekend activities
Published August 27, 2015
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Heritage Center is treating guests to three days of fun-filled activities during the 63rd Annual Cherokee National Holiday this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7.
“This is one of those weekends we look forward to all year because we get to see so many people who want to celebrate our rich culture,” said Dr. Candessa Tehee, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “Guests who visit us will find a lot of great art for sale, a wide variety of food options and live entertainment and spend time learning about history.”
The Cherokee Heritage Center’s free admission weekend offers guests the opportunity to visit the museum, the Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit and the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In lieu of charging museum admission, Cherokee Heritage Center officials will accept donations at the entrance. Guests will receive a tote bag for a donation of $5 or more.
An entertainment stage will feature various Cherokee gospel groups, storytellers and more Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All acts will be performing at the New Echota House Pavilion located in the old village area.
Guests can also enjoy the only all-Native American arts and crafts fair presented during the Cherokee National Holiday, with more than 80 Native American vendors featuring original paintings, prints, jewelry, basketry, beadwork, traditional clothing, flutes, pottery and quilts, among many other items. There will be more than 10 food vendors, including food trucks.
As part of the Cherokee National Holiday weekend, there will be the Cherokee marbles finals and a blow gun competition.
Inside the Cherokee Heritage Center, guests can enjoy the 20th Annual Homecoming Art Show. The show focuses solely on Cherokee art and features 123 pieces created by 73 artists. All pieces in are for sale.
The First Families of the Cherokee Nation will be hosting their annual reunion on Sept. 6 from 1-3 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. Others interested in becoming members may learn more about the organization at the Cherokee Heritage Center booth or on their website.
Guided tours of Diligwa cost $2 and will be offered every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Cherokee Heritage Center sits on a 49-acre complex and is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma. The center is home to thousands of tribal historical objects, documents and photographs. During the year, guests enjoy various art shows, exhibits and educational programs.
For information on 2015 season events, operating hours and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007 or visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org. It can also be found on Facebook by searching “Cherokee Heritage Center.”