Cherokee Nation to Host 13th Annual Traditional Native Games Championship in Tahlequah

Participants compete in the cornstalk shoot competition during the Traditional Native Games Championship qualifier in Nowata.

Published August 22, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation’s 13th Annual Traditional Native Games Championship will be held Saturday at the Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE Field, located west of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.

The championship games are part of the 66th Cherokee National Holiday and include cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles, chunkey, horseshoes, blow gun and hatchet throwing. Admission is free to the public to watch qualifiers compete in their respective games.

“All of our games are open to the public, and we encourage everyone to come and watch the action. Spectators and players will have a great time fellowshipping and observing the competitions,” said competition director Bayly Wright.

Start times for the games:

  • Cornstalk shoot – 8 a.m.
  • Cherokee marbles – 9 a.m.
  • Horseshoes – 9 a.m.
  • Hatchet-throwing – follows cornstalk shoot competition
  • Blow gun – 12:30 p.m.
  • Chunkey – 5:30 p.m.

The top three finishers in each division receive a cash award.

For even more detailed information, visit For questions, contact Wright at 918-822-2427 or


13th Annual Traditional Native Games Championship


Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11 a.m.


Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE Field

17675 S. Muskogee Ave.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma


Traditional Native Games Championship qualifiers

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