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Discover Cherokee Nation at 59th Holiday
August 30, 2011
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The 59th Cherokee National Holiday, Sept. 2–4 in Tahlequah, Okla., offers visitors a chance to enjoy activities that are sure to please the entire family. Events such as the powwow and the downtown parade are perennial favorites. But there are other enticing events Holiday guests may not be as familiar with waiting to be discovered. Come learn a few phrases in the Cherokee language or take a tour of some of Oklahoma’s most historic structures. Or just kick back, relax and listen to some favorite sounds.
Try your luck at bingo during the Cherokee National Holiday on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. just west of the Cherokee Nation Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. Everyone is welcome to play and there are plenty of prizes to be won.
Other events you won’t want to miss at this year’s Holiday include tours of Northeastern State University’s gothic architectural wonder, Seminary Hall, 600 N. Grand Ave., on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Built in 1889, Seminary Hall originally housed an institution of higher learning operated by the Cherokee Nation for the formal education of young Cherokee women. Its soaring towers and graceful arches offer unparalleled photo opportunities and the chance to learn about Cherokee Nation’s passion for education through the centuries.
There will also be free walking tours Saturday hosted by Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism that explore the history of the Capitol Square area. The tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with departures every 30 minutes. Walking tours will depart from the black Osiyo tent on Capitol Square.
The Cherokee National Supreme Court museum, Oklahoma’s oldest standing government building will also be open during the Holiday, offering free admission. Built in 1844, the museum uses interactive exhibits to showcase the Cherokee Nation’s judicial system and the written Cherokee language. It is located at 122 E. Choctaw St. just across the street from Capitol Square, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the weekend.
Hands-on Cherokee cultural and traditional activities will be offered at the Holiday on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the green space on Water Avenue, behind Capitol Square. Participants in the event can learn how to make traditional Cherokee baskets, mini stickball sticks and cornhusk dolls. Other activities include blow gun shooting and beginning Cherokee language lessons.
Be sure to check out the many arts and crafts venues, located at the powwow, the Cherokee Heritage Center, west of the tribal complex and downtown on Capitol Square. Or take in some music at the gospel music sing or the fiddlers’ contest. The award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir will be performing at CNH events throughout the day Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Holiday visitors age 50 and older are invited to a special Elder Fun Day in the Tsalagi Community room from noon to 5 p.m. Come dressed in your retro 50s and 60s clothing, which is this year’s Elder Fun Day theme. Events include a crazy hat contest, best retro outfit competition and bingo.
Veterans of all ages and their families will not want to miss the annual CNH veterans reception on Saturday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sequoyah Schools’ Place Where They Play center, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. Enjoy refreshments, music performances and fellowship with other veterans of all eras.
For a complete list of Cherokee National Holiday events, dates and times, please visit http://holiday.cherokee.org.
The Cherokee National Holiday, held annually over Labor Day weekend since 1953, commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution. With its exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world. The 59th Cherokee National Holiday is a smoke-free event. It is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, a modern tribe of more than 300,000 citizens with its capital in Tahlequah, Okla. This year’s Holiday theme is “Jobs, Language and Community,” reflecting the Cherokee Nation’s emphasis on cultural and economic initiatives.
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