Museums Prepare for Cherokee National Holiday

Published August 18, 2018

Free admission offered Labor Day weekend

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation museums and gift shops are gearing up for the 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday Aug. 31 – Sept. 2.

Cherokee Nation museums are taking part in the celebration by offering free admission at the Cherokee National Prison Museum, John Ross Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is also offering free admission to the Cherokee National Museum, with tours through the ancient village Diligwa offered at only $2.

The theme for this year’s Holiday is “Family: A Bridge to the Future, a Link to the Past,” and the official shirt was designed by Cherokee National Treasure Dan Mink.

Within the branches of our family tree is the sacred fire, with three flame points representing the three Cherokee tribes. Four directions surround the fire, which is the ancient universal symbol of faith given to all mankind. Surrounding the fire are 14 rings of smoke that honor the counties of our traditional communities in northeast Oklahoma. The tree itself is encircled by 66 interlocking hands, symbolizing the link from our past to our future.

The official 2018 holiday T-shirt costs $14 and is available at the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah and online at CherokeeGiftShop.com.

The Cherokee National Holiday is a commemoration of the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839. It is a celebration of Cherokee heritage and culture, a reflection of our accomplishments as a sovereign nation, and honors all that is in store for the future of the Cherokee Nation.

The 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday is scheduled for Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 in the Cherokee Nation capital of Tahlequah. For more information, including a schedule of events, entry forms and more, please visit www.Cherokee.org/AboutTheNation/NationalHoliday.aspx.

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