Cherokee National Treasures demonstrates crafts at Silver Dollar City

09/18/2018 08:15 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee National Treasure Richard Fields carves a traditional bow. He and fellow CNTs Tommy Wildcat and Lisa Rutherford will demonstrate their respective talents Sept. 12-30 at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. COURTESY
BRANSON, Mo. – Cherokee National Treasures Tommy Wildcat, Lisa Rutherford and Richard Fields will demonstrate traditional Cherokee crafts now through Sept. 30 during the opening weeks of Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival.

The three will showcase their talents inside the new Cherokee Indian Trading Post. Demonstrations will include flute-making, bow-making, pottery and cooking foods such as grape dumplings, fry bread and kanuchi.

“I am very happy that Silver Dollar City – known all over the world – has chosen to help promote our Cherokee heritage and culture,” Wildcat said. “We invite everyone to visit us at the Cherokee Indian Trading Post to learn about the Cherokee Nation and our people. Everyone will have a good time.”

The title of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon Cherokee Nation citizens who have an outstanding knowledge of Cherokee culture and arts and who are actively involved in preserving and reviving traditional cultural practices.

Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival runs Wednesday through Sunday. It was named as one of the top eight fall harvest festivals by U.S. News & World Report Travel. Aside from demonstrations by the three Cherokee National Treasures, the festival features more than 100 other visiting craftsmen performing live demonstrations.

For more information including a schedule of events and ticket information, visit and click on Festivals & Events.


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