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Cherokee Nation citizens Noel Tim Grayson, left, and Zach Adair often are called upon to dress in 18th century Cherokee clothing to help re-enact that period like at the upcoming “Cherokee Days Festival” April 12-14 in Washington, D.C. COURTESY
The sixth annual “Cherokee Days Festival” April 12–14 features the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes – Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who will showcase the shared history and cultural lifeways of the three Cherokee tribes.
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Cherokee Heritage Museum Curator Callie Chunestudy displays framed samples of textile swatches made by the Sequoyah Indian Weavers Association (c. 1950), which will be a part of the “Earth Shakers: The Influence of Cherokee Women” exhibition that will run May 11 – Aug. 3, at the Cherokee Heritage Center. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PARK HILL – The Cherokee Heritage Center has announced a new exhibit, “Earth Shakers: The Influence of Cherokee Women,” is coming to the CHC museum May 11 – Aug. 3.

The exhibit will include visual arts made by eastern and western Cherokee women artists and will highlight the accomplishments of Cherokee women throughout history.

“The show will explore gender roles being equal and complimentary to one another and how those roles may be changing over time, matrilineal societies as models that work and how Cherokee women embrace new material and technologies,” said CHC Museum Curator Callie Chunestudy. She added that the exhibition traces how Cherokee women embed Cherokee cultural knowledge, even in experimental new genres and how that knowledge is shared across generations.

The Cherokee Heritage is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill. For more information, call 918-456-6007 or toll free at 888-999-6007.
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Barbara McAlister, Cherokee Nation citizen and CN Vocal Class instructor, performs a “welcome” at the Vocal Class’s spring recital in 2016 in Tahlequah. McAlister has been named a 2019 Governor’s Art Award honoree for being an acclaimed mezzo-soprano and vocal teacher. ARCHIVE
Barbara McAlister
After retiring from an international opera career, McAlister returned to Oklahoma where she has taught vocal performance to youth and adults.
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The Cherokee Nation’s 2019 Tradition Native Games have been set beginning March 30 in Jay and ending July 27 in Locust Grove. This is the 2019 artwork for the games’ T-shirt. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s 2019 Traditional Native Games locations and dates have been set, officials said.

The games begin March 30 at the Sam Hider Health Center in Jay. Other dates are April 20 at Carl Albert State College’s Sallisaw campus, May 4 at Maryetta School in Stilwell, June 29 at the Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata and July 27 at Locust Grove High School.

The traditional games categories consist of Cherokee marbles, horseshoes, blowgun, corn stalk shoot and hatchet throwing.

“The games are important to showcase our Cherokee tradition of coming together and competing in the skills of our ancestors,” Cherokee National Holiday Director Bayly Wright said. “We encourage anyone to come learn and compete no matter your knowledge or experience of the games. The qualifiers from each location will be invited to the championships in Tahlequah on Aug. 24, so mark your calendars and come compete with us.”
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National Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep gives a lecture at Northeastern State University about his book “Jacksonland” on Feb. 18 in Tahlequah. MALLORY SEMROW/NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Steve Inskeep, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition host, signs his book “Jacksonland” after he lectured on Feb. 18 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. MALLORY SEMROW/NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Steve Inskeep, a National Public Radio host, lectures about the political events prior to the Trail of Tears.
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Students were shown a picture such as this one and asked to write a description of what they saw using the Cherokee syllabary. Researchers found the students developed their own styles of writing never seen in the language. LIZETTE PETER AND TRACEY HIRATA-EDDS/KANSAS UNIVERSITY
When analyzing writing samples of students at the Cherokee Immersion Charter School in Tahlequah and comparing them to samples of oral stories by Cherokee adults, the students often used grammatical conventions characteristic of English, such as creating an article where none was required. LIZETTE PETER AND TRACEY HIRATA-EDDS/KANSAS UNIVERSITY
Researchers find that students develop their own styles of writing never seen in the language.
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Cherokee artist Matthew Anderson talks to students from the Cherokee Immersion School about a magnetic wall where people could arrange color designs for Cherokee baskets. The station was part of the “1710 Cherokee Hands-On Exhibit” at the CHC in December 2014 when Anderson served as an artist in residence. He will be the presenter for the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society meeting on Feb. 25 in the John Vaughn NSU Library. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
This month’s presenter is Matthew “Matt” Anderson who works at The Cherokee Art Center and Spider Gallery located in downtown Tahlequah.
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TAHLEQUAH – In preparation for the 67th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the Cherokee Nation is seeking nominations for its Cherokee National Treasure distinction.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on May 14.

The honor of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon CN citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. Those selected work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation. The award was established in 1988 by the CN and Cherokee National Historical Society.
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TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday February 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship.

For further information about the event please contact: the Language Program at 918-453-5151

Tsalagi aniwonisgi unadatlugv dodvnatlosi Nvgineiga Kagali 14 ganvsulvi 12:30 p.m. adalenisgi 4 p.m. igohida. Na Anitsalagi tsunalisdayetiyi tsigotlv unaditli wayvsdi onadilvyvi utani kanvsula dodvnatlosi. Naniv Anitsalagi aniwonisgi otsitayohiha uniluhisdii. Alisdayvdi ayohisdi yodulia. Dodayotsadatlisani ale dodayotsalisdayvna hilutsvi.

Ugodesdi tsadulihesdi tsadelayohisdi hiina wigehiyadvdi: Tsalagi Gawonihisdi Unadotlvsv 918-453-5151
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Cherokee Heritage Center Executive Director Charles Gourd talks about pieces, including a saddle, in a Will Rogers exhibit on Feb. 6 at the CHC in Park Hill. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Heritage Center officials envision a monthly outdoor marketplace on site in areas used by vendors during the Cherokee National Holiday.
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Students are invited to experience Cherokee culture firsthand.
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