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Cherokee National Treasure Tommy Wildcat speaks to a group of visitors at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Every day is cheri​shed as a unique event within the Cherokee Nation. And every month, there is a new and exciting reason to visit!


Oddities of The Cherokee Advocate
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum
May 5, 2017- Nov. 24, 2017; 10 am - 4 pm


Visit the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum beginning May 5 to learn about some of the odd stories and occurrences that were reported in The Cherokee Advocate newspaper from 1844 to 1906. This exhibit will feature actual excerpts from The Cherokee Advocate, which once was printed in the same building that now houses the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. 


The Pardoned
Cherokee National Prison Museum
June 16, 2017 - Jan. 2018



The Cherokee National Prison held some of Indian Territory’s roughest characters during its operation. While many prisoners served out their sentences, others were granted pardons for various reasons. Come visit the Cherokee National Prison Museum beginning June 16 to learn more about some of the individuals who received pardons and how imprisonment, and release, changed their lives. 


The Life of Lewis Downing
John Ross Museum
July 14, 2017 - Dec. 30, 2017



Principal Chief John Ross was responsible for leading Cherokee Nation through the Trail of Tears, Civil War and the Cherokee Golden Age. A year after his death in 1866, his former deputy chief, Lewis Downing, was elected as principal chief. Visit the John Ross Museum beginning July 14 to learn more about the life of Downing and his impact on rebuilding Cherokee Nation during the post-Civil War years. 


Rock Your Mocs
Nation-wide
Nov. 12 - 18, 2017



Beginning Nov. 12, Native Americans across the globe will be wearing their moccasins to work, school or just casually to celebrate the seventh annual Rock Your Mocs event. This year’s week-long event is from Nov. 12 - Nov. 18. When you celebrate the week, be sure to share pictures of you rocking your mocs by posting them on the Visit Cherokee Nation Facebook page.


Light Up the Christmas Season
Cherokee National Capitol Square
Dec. 1, 2017; 4 pm - 8 pm



Join us Friday, Dec. 1, for “Light Up the Christmas Season,” a special event happening at Cherokee National Capitol Square​. Activities begin at 4 pm, and the lights come on at dark. Also, the Cort Mall will host a Holiday Open House featuring food and live music. All stores inside the Cort Mall also will be open until 8 pm. 


The First Cherokee Christmas
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum
Dec. 1 - 31, 2017; 10 am - 4 pm



Join us for this very special holiday exhibit at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. The entirety of the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum will be decked out in natural decorations common to the year 1805. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 


A Journey “Unto These Hills”
June 10 - 16, 2​018

Join us on an exclusive, chartered coach tour exploring historic Cherokee sites across America. This tour, developed by Cherokee Nation's cultural tourism experts, is the ultimate experience for anyone wanting to discover thousands of years of Cherokee traditions, culture and history in just seven days. 



Museum Selfie Day
All Locations

Jan. 17, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


Join us Jan. 17 for Museum Selfie Day at one or all of Cherokee Nation’s world-class museums. Be sure to tag us in the post so we see all your great selfies and don’t forget to use #MuseumSelfieDay.


Museums Advocacy Day
All Locations

Feb. 27, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


In honor of Museums Advocacy Day, enjoy FREE admission to the Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, John Ross Museum and Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum.


Moccasin Making Class
Cherokee National Prison Museum
March 10, 2018; 10 am - 2 pm


Join us at the Cherokee National Prison Museum on March 10 to make your own moccasins. For $35, we’ll supply the instructor and all the materials you’ll need to make a pair of traditional pucker-toe moccasins for yourself or someone special. Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people, so reserve your spot today by visiting CherokeeGiftShop.com. Don’t forget to bring a sack lunch, as the classes run through lunchtime. 


Spring Break Make & Take
All Locations

March 15, 2018; 10 am -
 4 pm


Bring the kids along for fun, culture and history at the Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and the John Ross Museum. During our Spring Break Make & Take, kids can participate in making various cultural crafts at each museum.


Cherokee National Treasures Book-signing Event
Cherokee Heritage Center
March 24, 2018; 1 pm - 3 pm


Enjoy this special event to celebrate the new book “Cherokee National Treasures: In Their Own Words.” This event takes place on Saturday, March 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center and is being held in conjunction with the “Cherokee Warrior” exhibit.  All attending guests will have the chance to purchase a copy of this one-of-a-kind book and have it signed by select Cherokee National Treasures.


Cherokee Days at NMAI
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
April 13 - 15, 2018



Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to share the Cherokee story in Washington, D.C. “Cherokee Days” is taking place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian April 13-15 in Washington, D.C.


Preservation Series: Gravestone Workshop
Tahlequah City Cemetery
May 3 & 4, 2018; 9 am - 4:30 pm


Join us May 3 & 4 at the Tahlequah City Cemetery to learn the important skill of preserving historic gravestones. This unique Preservation Series event, conducted in partnership with Preservation Oklahoma and led by Jonathan Appell, a professional gravestone and masonry conservator, teaches participants how to repair and maintain gravestones. Registration is $45 for this two-day event. Reserve your spot today by visiting PreservationOK.org.


John Ross’s Letters Exhibit
John Ross Museum
May 4, 2018


More information will be available soon about this fascinating exhibit, opening May 4 at the John Ross Museum in Park Hill.


Moccasin Making Class
Cherokee National Prison Museum
May 5, 2018; 10 am - 2 pm


Join us at the Cherokee National Prison Museum on May 5 to make your own moccasins. For $35, we’ll supply the instructor and all the materials you’ll need to make a pair of traditional pucker-toe moccasins for yourself or someone special. Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people, so reserve your spot today by visiting CherokeeGiftShop.com. Don’t forget to bring a sack lunch, as the classes run through lunchtime. 


Sequoyah Day
Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum
May 19, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


Join us for a day of demonstrations, art, performances, storytelling, games, kid’s activities and more.  All activities will be held on the grounds of Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum in conjunction with Cherokee Nation’s Native Games. Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum is located at 470288 Highway 101 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.


Stories on the Square
Cherokee National Capitol
June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25


Before Sequoyah introduced his “talking leaves” writing system, generations of Cherokees passed down family heritage and culture through the art of storytelling. Now, we are sharing that long-held tradition with our Stories on the Square event series. 


A Journey “Unto These Hills”
June 10 - 16, 2018 


Join us on an exclusive, chartered coach tour exploring historic Cherokee sites across America. This tour, developed by Cherokee Nation's cultural tourism experts, is the ultimate experience for anyone wanting to discover thousands of years of Cherokee traditions, culture and history in just seven days. 


1843 International Indian Council Meeting Exhibit
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum
Opening June 15, 2018


Keep checking for more information about this fascinating exhibit, opening June 15 at Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah. 


Post Statehood Prison Exhibit
Cherokee National Prison Museum
July 13, 2018 - Jan. 31, 2019


Keep checking for more information about this fascinating exhibit, opening July 13 at Cherokee National Prison Museum in Tahlequah. 


Moccasin Making Class
Cherokee National Prison Museum
July 14, 2018; 10 am - 2 pm


Join us at the Cherokee National Prison Museum on July 14 to make your own moccasins. For $35, we’ll supply the instructor and all the materials you’ll need to make a pair of traditional pucker-toe moccasins for yourself or someone special. Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people, so reserve your spot today by visiting CherokeeGiftShop.com. Don’t forget to bring a sack lunch, as the classes run through lunchtime. 


Escape the Prison (Escape Room)
Cherokee National Prison Museum
July 20, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


Keep checking for more information about this new and fun experience, happening July 20 at Cherokee National Prison Museum in Tahlequah. 


Sequoyah’s Cabin Exhibit
Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum
Aug. 3, 2018


Keep checking for more information about this fascinating exhibit, opening August 3rd at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum. 


Cherokee National Holiday
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2018


Join us for the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday, a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness and reuniting families. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, Cherokee National Holiday has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the world.


Cherokee Nation Museums Free Admission
All Locations
Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


Explore fascinating exhibits at Cherokee Nation museums and enjoy free admission during the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2.


Moccasin Making Class
Cherokee National Prison Museum
Oct. 6, 2018; 10 am - 2 pm


Join us at the Cherokee National Prison Museum on Oct. 6 to make your own moccasins. For $35, we’ll supply the instructor and all the materials you’ll need to make a pair of traditional pucker-toe moccasins for yourself or someone special. Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people, so reserve your spot today by visiting CherokeeGiftShop.com. Don’t forget to bring a sack lunch, as the classes run through lunchtime. 


Cherokee Art Market
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Oct. 13 & 14, 2018; 10 am - 5 pm


Don’t miss the 13th annual Cherokee Art Market Oct. 13 & 14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. This world class event is one of the largest Native American art markets in the country and features 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 different tribes throughout North America, displaying the finest Native American artwork including beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures, textiles and more. 


Fall Break Make & Take
All Locations
Oct. 18, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


Families looking for a fun, educational adventure for their children during fall break should plan to visit Cherokee Nation museums Thursday, Oct. 18, for our Fall Break Make & Take event. During the event, kids can participate in making various cultural crafts at each museum.


Fall Break Family Night
Cherokee National Prison Museum
Oct. 18, 2018; Time TBD


Enjoy dinner and an outdoor movie at the Cherokee National Prison Museum. Keep checking for more information about this event that is sure to be fun for the whole family. 


Moccasin Making Class
Cherokee National Prison Museum
Nov. 10, 2018; 10 am - 2 pm


Join us at the Cherokee National Prison Museum on Nov. 10 to make your own moccasins. For $35, we’ll supply the instructor and all the materials you’ll need to make a pair of traditional pucker-toe moccasins for yourself or someone special. Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people, so reserve your spot today by visiting CherokeeGiftShop.com. Don’t forget to bring a sack lunch, as the classes run through lunchtime. 


Rock Your Mocs
Nation-wide
Nov. 11 - 17, 2018


Beginning Nov. 11, Native Americans across the globe will be wearing their moccasins to work, school or just casually to celebrate the seventh annual Rock Your Mocs event. This year’s week-long event is from Nov. 11 - Nov. 17. When you celebrate the week, be sure to share pictures of you rocking your mocs by posting them on the Visit Cherokee Nation Facebook page.


Light Up the Christmas Season
Cherokee National Capitol Square
Dec. 7, 2018; 4 pm - 8 pm


Join us Friday, Dec. 7, for “Light Up the Christmas Season,” a special event happening at Cherokee National Capitol Square. Kids can meet Santa and enjoy activities when the lights come on at dark.


The First Cherokee Christmas Exhibit
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum
Dec. 7 - 29, 2018; 10 am - 4 pm


Join us for this very special holiday exhibit at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. The entire Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum will be decked out in natural decorations common to the year 1805. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.