Cherokee tribes return to NMAI for ‘Cherokee Days Festival’

BY STAFF REPORTS
04/02/2018 06:30 PM
WASHINGTON – The fifth annual “Cherokee Days Festival,” featuring the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes – Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians – will take place April 13-15 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The event showcases the shared history and cultural life ways of the three tribes and features storytelling, traditional music, weaponry, traditional games, pottery demonstrations and dance performances.

Hands-on activities in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center will include making clay beads and medallions and cornhusk dolls. There will also be a storyteller and coloring sheets.

The banner exhibition “Cherokee Women Who Changed the World” will also be on display. It explores the impacts of women from the CN, UKB and EBCI who have served as trailblazers in history. Being a traditionally matriarchal society, Cherokee people have often been at the forefront of women’s rights and promoting women’s education.

Making its debut in the Sealaska Gallery that same weekend, a new exhibition created by the CN, “Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal,” will be on display through the end of 2018. The temporary installation takes a deeper look at Indian removal from the Cherokee perspective. This exhibition sets out to dispel misconceptions about the Trail of Tears and gives a realistic look at the devastating cost of greed and oppression.

The NMAI is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere through partnership with Native people and others. Located on the National Mall at 4th St. and Independence Ave. S.W., the museum is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). The museum is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and at AmericanIndian.si.edu.

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