TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — This Saturday the Cherokee Nation is hosting its largest family reunion in history.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Cherokee Nation citizens are encouraged to stop by the Cherokee Heritage Center for the “One Big Family Project” to set a world record for the most Cherokees present at a single reunion.
While there, genealogists will piece together participants’ family trees to connect to other participants for an attempt to make the largest single Cherokee family tree currently in existence.
“This will be a unique homecoming for Cherokees. I expect it to be a fun event where people can enjoy fellowship, meet old friends and make new connections,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.
During the day, reunion-goers will learn the best ways to research genealogy and hear family histories, traditional storytelling and performances by Jesse Nighthawk, Jayden Gray, Laid Back Manner and the Cherokee National Youth Choir.
At 3 p.m. organizers will take a group photo. The debut of “Anigaduwagi: The Story of the Cherokee People,” an art and history film produced, edited and composed by Cherokees, will also be shown.
“This is really going to be a mega reunion to see how many Cherokee people we can gather together in a single homecoming event,” said Roy Hamilton, genealogist and event coordinator. “It’s also a commitment to the preservation of our cultural identity through the use of modern technology and a statement on the value of family.”
The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Dr., in Park Hill. The cost is free.
The event coincides with the Global Family Reunion, a national initiative to create the world’s largest family tree. The Global Family Reunion will be live streamed at the Cherokee Heritage Center.
For more information on the Cherokee Nation One Big Family Project, visit www.indigitronic.com or www.facebook.com/groups/CNOBFP