CHC invites students to experience Cherokee culture

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/21/2018 04:00 PM
PARK HILL – Area students have two opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge of Cherokee history and culture with two interactive events at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Ancient Cherokee Days are set for Oct. 4-5, and the Cherokee Heritage Festival runs Nov. 1-2. Both events feature similar curriculum for school-age children.

“These events bring history to life by immersing the students in an interactive and engaging environment where they can get firsthand knowledge about the history of the Cherokee people,” CHC Education Director Tonia Hogner-Weavel said. “Our history is an important part of Oklahoma and American history, and we are excited to share that with our guests. It’s also a wonderful way to show them that our culture doesn’t live in textbooks.

Admission for each event is $5 per student and accompanying adults are only $2. Teachers and bus drivers are free. Admission includes entrance to the Cherokee National Museum, the Trail of Tears exhibit, Adams Corner Rural Village and Diligwa, an authentic re-creation of Cherokee life in the early 1700s.

The outdoor cultural classes feature interactive curriculum and games based on Cherokee lifestyle in the early 18th century, including craft demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, food grinding, weapons or tool making and language.

Additional stations feature Cherokee games such as chunkey, marbles, stickball, blowguns and language activities. Face painting is offered at $1 per design and represents Cherokee tattoos from the early 1700s.

Groups are encouraged to make their visit a daylong event. Picnic tables are available for guests bringing lunches, and there is ample parking for school buses and private vehicles. Additional picnic and playground areas are available one-half mile south at Hunter’s Home.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information or to register, call Hogner-Weavel at 918-456-6007 or email tonia-weavel@cherokee.org.

The CHC is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive.

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