CHC names new outdoor exhibit Diligwa

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/31/2012 08:17 AM
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Workers finish a winter home in the new Diligwa outdoor exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla. The new exhibit will replace the Ancient Village in May. COURTESY PHOTO
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Cherokee Heritage Center Development Director Penny Moore gives a tour of the new Diligwa outdoor exhibit following a ceremony that unveiled the exhibit’s name on Oct. 25 in Park Hill, Okla. The exhibit is set to open in May 2013. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Heritage Center Interim Deputy Director Barbara Girty speaks about the history of the center’s new outdoor exhibit’s name, Diligwa, during a naming ceremony on Oct. 25 in Park Hill, Okla. The exhibit will replace the Ancient Village at the CHC next May. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Shown is an artist’s rendering of the new Diligwa outdoor exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla. COURTESY PHOTO
PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee Heritage Center officials announced Diligwa as the name of the new outdoor living exhibit during an Oct. 25 ceremony at the center.

Diligwa, currently under construction at the center, will replace the Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village in May. When the village opened in 1967, it was designed as an interpretive area to showcase Cherokee life prior to European contact.

“This marks another historic milestone for the heritage center and the Cherokee National Historical Society. Just one year ago, we began the construction phase of the new outdoor exhibit. This exhibit will give visitors a chance to experience Cherokee life in the early 18th century,” Barbara Girty, CHC interim deputy executive director, said. “What’s now presented in the Ancient Village is limited by the research and resources that were available in its day. Diligwa will be the most authentic Cherokee experience based on life in the early 1700s.”

The name is a derivative of Tellico, a village in the east that was once the principal Cherokee town and capital but is now under water. Tellico was the center of commerce before the emergence of Echota in what is now Monroe County, Tenn., and was often referred to as the “wild rice place.” It became synonymous with a native grain that grew in the flat open spaces of east Tennessee.

Many people believe when the Cherokees arrived in Indian Territory, the native grasses growing in the open spaces around the foothills of the Ozarks reminded them of the grassy open areas of Tellico. They called their new home Di li gwa, Tah-le-quah or Teh-li-co, “the open place where the grass grows.”

CNHS board member Mary Ellen Meredith said Diligwa would give visitors the chance to see how Cherokee people lived pre-contact. She said there’s good archeological evidence from the early 18th century of how they lived that has been used for the new exhibit.

“If you compare our houses to those of Europe and the rest of the world, we were no slouches. We didn’t build castles, but we built decent housing, so it will be wonderful for people to drive by and see who we are and what we’re doing,” she said.

The new exhibit is estimated at $1.2 million and is funded by endowments from the Tom J. and Edna Mae Carson Foundation, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, Boyd Group and Meredith.

The project was implemented in three phases. Phase 1 focused on planning and design and ran from February 2007 to December 2010. Phase 2 focused on landscaping and site preparation and ran from January to July 2011. Phase 3 focuses on project implementation and runs from October 2011 to May 2013.

The new exhibit will feature 19 wattle and daub structures, 14 interpretive stations and a historic landscape set on four acres adjacent to the CHC. Visitors can witness daily Cherokee life as they are guided through the interpretive stations where crafts are demonstrated, stories are told and life ways are explained.

The overall village includes eight residential sites, each with a summer and winter house, a corncrib, a “kitchen garden” and additional landscaping. The public complex consists of the primary council house and summer council pavilion overlooking a plaza that served as the center of community activity. In addition, two recreation areas featuring marble and stickball fields will showcase the Cherokee games still played today. The village will be anchored with native foliage and flora common to the southeastern United States, with a recirculating stream flowing across its eastern area.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker reminded people at the naming ceremony that the CHC and the Ancient Village was conceived and built through the efforts of Tahlequah resident Col. Martin Hagerstrand in 1963 without the benefit of recent archeological knowledge of how 18th century Cherokee people lived.

Baker said he appreciates the authenticity of the new outdoor exhibit.

“It is so wonderful that through archeological studies and paintings from contact (with white settlers) that we have been able to recreate something that is more realistic, something that truly shows our culture, our heritage, our history and where we came from,” he said.

For more information, visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

will-chavez@cherokee.org


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ᏣᎳᎩ

ᎠᏭᏂᏴᏍᏗ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ – ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ Diligwa ᏚᏙᎡᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᏓᏯᏗᏝ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎪᎯᎩ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᎯᏍᎩᏦᏁᏏᏁ ᏚᎾᏓᏟᏌᎮᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

Diligwa, ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮟ ᏓᎾᏁᏍᎨ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏤ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏧᏂᏚᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ ᎧᎴᏍᏗ ᏐᎢ ᏩᏕᏘᏴᎲᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎵᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ, ᎠᏢᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ Ꮟ ᎠᏂᎩᎵᏏ ᎾᏂᎷᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎵᎠ ᏐᎢ ᎢᏴ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎦᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ, ᎣᎦᎴᏅᎲ ᎣᏦᏢᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏤ ᏙᏱ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎦᏙᎢᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏅᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎯᎩ ᏥᎨᏒ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Barbara Girty, CHC ᎠᎧᎵᎢᎯ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᎴᎲᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ. “ ᏃᏊᏥ ᏥᏄᏍᏗᏓᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎠᏎᎸᏊ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᎢᏙᎸᎢ. Diligwa ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᎦᏛᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎴᏒ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲᏅᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.”

ᏚᏙᎥᎢ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎾᎿ Tellico, ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏃᏊ ᎠᎹᏱᎭᎢ. Tellico ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎨᏒ ᏓᏓᎾᏅ Ꮟ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏦᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎹᎾᎣᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, ᏔᎾᏏᎢ.

ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏃᎯᏳᏐ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏂᎷᏤ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎦᏙᎢᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎯᏯ ᎦᏒᎸᏒ ᎠᏛᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎵᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᏚᏠᏅᏛᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎦᏝᏛᎢ ᎾᎿ Ozarks ᎠᎾᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᏕᎦᏄᎸᏒ ᏚᏠᏅᏛ TellicoᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏂᏪᏎᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᎢ, Tah-le-quah ᎠᎴ The-li-co, “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏅᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏄᎸ ᎠᏛᏍᎬᎢ.”

CNHS ᏗᏄᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᎠᏂᏅ ᎨᎳ Mary Ellen Meredith ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Diligwa ᏓᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎮᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᎴᏂᏙᎸ Ꮟ ᎠᏂᎩᎵᏏ ᎾᏂᎷᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏎᎢ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎾᎢ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏥᎨᏎ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᏛᏅᏁᎵ.

ᎢᏳᏃ ᏱᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏂ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎩᎵᏌ ᎠᎴ ᏮᏩᎦᏛ ᎡᎶᎯ, Ꮭ ᎢᏗᎾᎵ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ. ᏝᏃ ᏧᏔᏂ ᏱᏗᏓᏁᏍᎨᎮᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏦᏍᏓ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᏕᏙᏢᏍᎬ, ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏂᎬᎾᏅ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ $1.2 ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᏝᏅ ᎾᎿ endowments ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅ Tom j ᎠᎴ Edna Mae Carson Foundation, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, Boyd Group ᎠᎴ Meredith.

ᎯᎠ ᏥᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏦᎢ ᏂᏚᏂᏛᎢ. ᎢᎬᏱ: ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏄᎪᏔᏂᏙᎲ ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᎧᎦᎵ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. ᏔᎵᏁᏃ: ᏚᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏁ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᏢᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏅᎿ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. ᏦᎢᏁ: ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᏗᎢ ᏚᏂᏅᏓ ᏔᎵᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏚ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎢᏁᎯᏓ.

ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏤ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏛᏃᏢᏔᏂ ᏝᏬᏘ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏯᎸᏗ ᎢᎬᏁᎸᎢ, ᏂᎦᏚ ᎤᎾᏅᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏆᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩᎭ ᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏧᏓᏃᏟ ᎾᎿ CHC. ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎬᏩᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᎾᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᎦᏘᏅᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏁᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᏗᎧᏃᎮᏢᏓ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏢᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏒᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᎴᏂᏙᎸ.

ᏂᎦᏓᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏯᏂ ᏧᎾᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᎪᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎳ ᏧᎾᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ, ᏎᎷ ᏧᏂᏗᏍᏗ, “ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏓᏴᏓ ᎠᏫᏒᏅ” ᎥᎪᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ. ᎾᎿ ᎾᏂᎥᏊ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎦ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᏫᏓᎧᏃᏗ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏱᏟ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏛᏗᎢ. ᏫᎧᏁᏉᏓ ᏔᎵ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏗᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᏦᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎨ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎯ ᏥᎦ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ Ꮟ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎪᎢ . ᎦᏚᎲ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎢᏤ ᏙᏛᏂᎧᏂ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎡᏯᎯ ᎢᏤ ᎦᎵᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏥᎸᏍᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᎦᎾᏮ ᎦᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏛᏒᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎬᎢᏗᏢ ᎨᏒᎢ.

ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏓᏃᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏌᎲ ᎾᎿ CHC ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎦᏁᎳ Col. Martin Hagerstrand ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏰᎢᏙᎸ ᎤᎾᏅᏙ ᎾᎿ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏓᏂᏁᎸ.

Baker ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎾᎿᎢᏳ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏯ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏅᏔᏂ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏑᏫᏓ ᏓᎾᏛᎪᏗᏍᎬ (ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏂᎩᎵᏌ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏂᎷᏨ) ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎥᎦᎪᏢᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏥᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏠᏯ, ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎸ, ᎢᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ, ᎡᎩᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏓᎦᏓᎴᏅ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ.

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

About the Author
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. 

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Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. For many years h ...

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