Published March 23, 2018
5th annual event held April 13-15 at NMAI
WASHINGTON – This spring, visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Cherokee people.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host Cherokee Days at the museum.
The three-day event runs April 13-15 and is free to attend.
“The annual Cherokee Days in Washington, D.C., has grown into a special event for the Cherokee Nation, and it is typically one of NMAI’s most heavily trafficked weekends,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The unique collaboration between the three federally recognized tribes of the Cherokee allows us to share our heritage and history in one of the finest cultural museums in the world. Collectively, our historians, educators, entertainers and artists reflect the best of our Cherokee people. Most importantly, we are able to share the real story of our role in American history that is both informative and true.”
Cherokee Days shares the authentic history of the Cherokee people through live cultural art demonstrations and cultural performances. Among the art demonstrations are pottery, basket weaving, carving and textiles. There will also be hands-on crafts for children, including clay beads, medallions, corn husk dolls and more.
The production team behind “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” will screen episodes from the newest season of its Emmy-winning series each day and host a Q&A on Saturday, April 14.
Being a traditionally matriarchal society, Cherokee people have often been at the forefront of women’s rights and promoting women’s education. Throughout the festival, guests have the opportunity to view a banner exhibition celebrating that legacy. “Cherokee Women Who Changed the World” showcases Cherokee women from all three federally recognized Cherokee tribes who have served as trailblazers in history.
In addition, a new exhibit created by Cherokee Nation will debut in the Sealaska Gallery.
“Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal” provides a closer look at Indian removal from the Cherokee perspective in an effort to dispel misconceptions surrounding the Trail of Tears and the devastating cost of greed and oppression. The exhibit will remain on display through the remainder of 2018.
Those unable to attend the event in person can still take part in the Cherokee Days experience through an interactive website by visiting www.CherokeeDays.com. The site provides a detailed agenda of daily activities and performances, access to information and photos from each tribe’s social media accounts, and live streaming throughout the event.