Vinita museum hosts 2nd annual ‘Cherokee Days’ event
Cherokee National Treasure Betty Frogg demonstrates basket making for visitors at the Eastern Trails Museum’s second annual “Cherokee Days” event on Sept. 30 in Vinita, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VINITA, Okla. - The second annual “Cherokee Days” event was held Sept. 30 at the Eastern Trails Museum with Cherokee National Treasures on hand to demonstrate their artistic skills in basketry, pottery making and flint-knapping.
“Eastern Trails museum does a wonderful job of telling the Cherokee’s story. Last year, at the inaugural event, we brought Cherokee National Treasures out to demonstrate their artistry, which was so successful we’re doing it again this year,” Secretary of State and Vinita resident Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.
Cherokee National Treasures attending included basketry artists Betty Frogg and Mike Dart, pottery expert Jane Osti, bow maker Al Herrin, and Tommy Wildcat, who provided flute music.
“I felt happy to be there representing the Cherokee National Treasures,” Frogg said. “Demonstrating and talking to people about the history of Cherokee basketry and twining are two of my favorite things.”
Eastern Trails Museum Director Kathleen Duchamp said she was thrilled the CN made “Cherokee Days” an annual event.
“Just one year ago today, we opened our Cherokee exhibit inside our museum and held the event in the courtyard and had seven National Treasures here to help us open the event. It was very well received. We’re so happy they decided to hold ‘Cherokee Days’ every year and extremely grateful for the Cherokee Nation ($1,000) donation.”
“Cherokee Days” visitor and CN citizen Linda Hossler said the event was beneficial to her.
“I came to Eastern Trails Museum today to learn more about my Indian/Cherokee heritage. I recently moved here from California, so I loved the basket making, the pottery making and especially the flint knapping. Who knew I’d enjoy flint knapping so much,” she said.
For more information about the Eastern Trails Museum, visit www.EasternTrailsMuseum.com