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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. 


Stories on the Square
Cherokee National Capitol
June 7, 2017 - July 6, 2017; 10 am - 11 am


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. Beginning June 7, and each Wednesday in June and July, storyteller Janelle Adair and special guest storytellers will offer traditional Cherokee stories on the grounds of the Cherokee National Capitol in Tahlequah. These events are free and open to the public. 


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. 


Brown Bag Lecture Series: The Pardoned
Cherokee National Prison Museum
June 20, 2017; 12 pm - 1 pm


Join us on Tuesday, June 20, from noon to 1 pm, at Cherokee National Prison Museum for the next installment of our Brown Bag Lecture Series to learn more about those who received pardons after serving time in the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory. Admission to this exciting and revealing discussion is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.


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. 


Brown Bag Lecture Series: Lewis Downing
John Ross Museum
July 18, 2017; 12 pm - 1 pm


Join us on Tuesday, July 18, from noon to 1 pm, at John Ross Museum for the next installment of our Brown Bag Lecture Series to learn more about Lewis Downing and his various contributions to Cherokee Nation. Admission to this exciting and revealing discussion is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.


Cherokee National Holiday
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Sept. 1-3, 2017



Join us for the 65th annual Cherokee National Holiday, a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness and reuniting families. Thousands of Cherokees and visitors from across the United States and abroad make the pilgrimage to the historic Cherokee Nation capital in Tahlequah to renew friendships and celebrate the Cherokee spirit. 


Free Admission
All Locations
Sept. 1-3, 2017; 10 am - 4 pm


Explore fascinating exhibits at Cherokee Nation museums and enjoy free admission during the 65th annual Cherokee National Holiday, Sept. 1-3. The Cherokee National Holiday has been observed annually since 1953, commemorating the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the world. 


Cahokia Mounds & St. Louis Tour


Join us on an exclusive, chartered coach tour exploring historic Cahokia Mounds. This tour, developed by Cherokee Nation’s cultural tourism experts, is the ultimate experience for anyone wanting to discover hundreds of years of Native American and Cherokee traditions, culture and history in just four days. Our friendly Cherokee interpretive guides will share extraordinary, true stories and historic events – right where they happened. 


Cherokee Art Market
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Oct. 14 & 15, 2017



Don’t miss the 12th annual Cherokee Art Market Oct. 14 & 15 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. 20, 2017; 10 am - 4 pm


Families looking for a fun, educational adventure for their children during fall break should plan to visit Cherokee Nation museums Friday, Oct. 20 for our Fall Break Make & Take event. During the event, kids can participate in making various cultural crafts at each museum.


Moccasin Making Class
Cherokee National Prison Museum
Nov. 4, 2017; 10 am - 2 pm


Make plans now to join us at the Cherokee National Prison Museum on Nov. 4 for our final moccasin making class of the year. Spots are filling up quick, so be sure to reserve yours today by visiting CherokeeGiftShop.com. Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people.  


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. 


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.