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

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. 

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. 

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. 

Cherokee Day
Gilcrease Museum
Sept. 24, 2017; 10 am - 5 pm
Cherokee Nation is celebrating Gilcrease Museum’s new exhibition, “After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation” with a day full of Cherokee culture. Cherokee Day at Gilcrease Museum will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission ranges from $5-$8. Visitors will enjoy this special day of performances by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, Cherokee Adult Choir, traditional storytellers, as well as artist and cultural demonstrations and kids activities.

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 Class sizes are limited to the first 15 people.  

Rock Your Mocs
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.