Dates, locations for 2019 Traditional Native Games set

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
03/06/2019 01:00 PM
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The Cherokee Nation’s 2019 Tradition Native Games have been set beginning March 30 in Jay and ending July 27 in Locust Grove. This is the 2019 artwork for the games’ T-shirt. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s 2019 Traditional Native Games locations and dates have been set, officials said.

The games begin March 30 at the Sam Hider Health Center in Jay. Other dates are April 20 at Carl Albert State College’s Sallisaw campus, May 4 at Maryetta School in Stilwell, June 29 at the Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata and July 27 at Locust Grove High School.

The traditional games categories consist of Cherokee marbles, horseshoes, blowgun, corn stalk shoot and hatchet throwing.

“The games are important to showcase our Cherokee tradition of coming together and competing in the skills of our ancestors,” Cherokee National Holiday Director Bayly Wright said. “We encourage anyone to come learn and compete no matter your knowledge or experience of the games. The qualifiers from each location will be invited to the championships in Tahlequah on Aug. 24, so mark your calendars and come compete with us.”

For more information, call Wright at 918-822-2427 or email bayly-wright@cherokee.org.

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