Cherokee Nation hosts Sequoyah Day on May 18

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/14/2019 12:30 PM
SALLISAW – Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more honoring legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah.

Sequoyah Day begins at 10 a.m. on May 18 at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum.

“We are proud to once again bring this unique event to life. Sequoyah Day is a celebration of Cherokee culture at the home of the statesman who invented the Cherokee syllabary,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “This historic site in Sequoyah County, which Cherokee Nation now owns and operates, is the perfect environment to share our tribe’s heritage and hospitality with visitors of all ages.”

The event features live performances, interactive activities and cultural demonstrations such as pottery, shell carving, basketry, painting, traditional weapons and more.

Activities include Cherokee marbles, blowguns, stickball, atlatl and rock sling throwing. Children’s activities include Sequoyah finger puppets, silhouette drawings and cornhusk flowers.

The event includes multiple performances from the Cherokee National Youth Choir and Cherokee Adult Choir, as well as a special presentation about Sequoyah at 1:30 p.m.

The cabin was constructed by Sequoyah in 1829 and welcomes more than 12,000 visitors each year. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and a National Literary Landmark in 2006. The homestead includes a one-room cabin and nearly 200 acres.

Prior to reopening under Cherokee Nation management in 2017, Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum received much-needed repairs and renovations.

The museum features displays that share the story of Sequoyah, his development of the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language today. Additional displays showcase the history of the Cherokee Old Settlers, CN post-removal and the CN today. The museum also features a retail space offering CN apparel, gifts and souvenirs.

The museum is located at Highway 101, 7 miles east of Highway 59 in Sallisaw. For more information, visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

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