Enjoy Cherokee Stories on the Square

Cherokee Gazebo

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism hosting July series of storytelling

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – Before Sequoyah introduced his “talking leaves” writing system, generations of Cherokees passed down family heritage and culture through the art of storytelling. Now the general public is invited to hear the stories of Cherokee ancestors.

Cherokee Nation is offering a free family-friendly storytelling event Wednesdays in July. The event will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Cherokee National Capitol Gazebo.

Guests can sit back and listen or join in and become part of the story as they hear the tales of long ago. What happened to the opossum’s tail? How did the redbird get its colors? These stories and more will be told.

Stories on the Square:

July 8 – Opossum’s Tail

July 15 – Tobacco Story

July 22 – How the Redbird Got His Color

July 29 – The Milky Way Story

Attendees to the weekly event will also receive free admission to the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and the Cherokee National Prison Museum.

Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits on three historic aspects: the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers, and the Cherokee language, with a variety of historical items, including photos, stories, objects and furniture. Touch screen kiosks offer visitors documentary style learning on various legal topics as well as teaching conversational Cherokee.

The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. It housed sentenced and accused prisoners from throughout the territory. The interpretive site and museum give visitors an idea about how law and order operated in Indian Territory. The site features a working blacksmith area and reconstructed gallows, exhibits about famous prisoners and daring escapes, local outlaws and Cherokee patriots, jail cells and much more.

The Cherokee National Capitol Square is located at 129 S. Muskogee Ave.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visitwww.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

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