Leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians celebrated the opening of the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion in Tahlequah on Wednesday, June 20.
Published June 23, 2018
Pavilion pays tribute to the 1843 intertribal peace gathering
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation recently celebrated the opening of the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion, located just east of the Cherokee National Capitol building. More than 200 guests joined tribal officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special reception commemorating the 175th anniversary of the 1843 intertribal peace gathering.
“Now more than ever, it is important for our people and our community to have a place where we can join together in the name of peace,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “It is an honor to dedicate this pavilion alongside our brothers and sisters from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, as we continue to work together, support one another and unify our voice for the good of our people.”
The Cherokee National Peace Pavilion is 4,600 square feet and can accommodate around 1,000 people. In addition to beautifying the downtown area, the multipurpose space will host community events, live music performances, markets and outdoor cultural classes.
The pavilion’s design pays tribute to the gathering by interpreting the look of the large log structure that hosted what Cherokee Chief William P. Ross called “the most important Indian council ever held on the American continent.” The original structure was built after the Indian Removal Act to house the reformed Cherokee government, and the grounds later became home to Cherokee Nation’s Capitol Square.
The celebration included a hog fry and catfish lunch with performances by the Cherokee National Youth Choir.
In addition to opening the pavilion, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is also hosting an exhibit about the historical event at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum through November 2019. The exhibit provides a deeper look at the momentous gathering, including who attended and what was discussed. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. in Tahlequah.