Cherokee Nation seeking nominations for National Treasure distinction

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/19/2019 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – In preparation for the 67th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the Cherokee Nation is seeking nominations for its Cherokee National Treasure distinction.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on May 14.

The honor of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon CN citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. Those selected work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation. The award was established in 1988 by the CN and Cherokee National Historical Society.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories: traditional foods, bow making, beadwork, basketry, painting, pottery, wood and stone carving, gig making, turtle shell making and flint knapping. Categories also include Cherokee language, blowgun making, flute making, textiles, graphic arts and quilting.

Selected honorees will be recognized during the Cherokee National Holiday during Labor Day weekend.

For more information or to download a nomination form, visit www.cherokee.org.

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