TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (September 06, 2011) --- The Cherokee Heritage Center will hold its annual Ancient Cherokee Days on Oct. 6-7, daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451.

Ancient Cherokee Days, an outdoor classroom setting for schoolchildren grades K-12, is the perfect learning adventure for public, private and homeschooled children. There will be more than 15 Cherokee cultural learning stations available throughout the grounds featuring demonstrations, traditional games, Cherokee language, storytellers, Cherokee ceremonies, clan relationships and skits presenting Cherokee lore.

The outdoor cultural classes also feature interactive curriculum and games centered on Cherokee lifestyle in the early 18th century including craft demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, face painting, food grinding and weapons or tool making or language. Traditional Cherokee games of blowgun shooting, stickball, marbles and chunkey will also be played.

“The event gives children an opportunity to experience Cherokee culture with their own hands,” said Tonia Hogner-Weavel, Education Director at the Cherokee Heritage Center. “It often is a memory for life.”

Groups are encouraged to make a daylong event out of their visit to Ancient Cherokee Days. Old-fashioned drinks and candy will be available for purchase. Picnic tables are available for guests bringing lunches. The Murrell Home, one half mile south, has additional picnic and playground areas. The Cherokee Heritage Center has ample parking for school buses and private vehicles.
Ancient Cherokee Days admission is $5 per student. Accompanying adults are free. Face painting is offered at $1 per design. Admission also includes tours of the Cherokee National Museum and the Trail of Tears exhibit.

Registration for Ancient Cherokee Days begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs daily from 10 a.m. and to 2 p.m. The event will occur rain or shine with an established curriculum in place for inclement weather that will allow students to continue to enjoy the stations.

For Ancient Cherokee Days registration and additional information, please contact Tonia Hogner-Weavel or Becky Adair at (888) 999-6007 or by e-mail at education@cherokeeheritage.org <mailto:education@cherokeeheritage.org> .  

The Cherokee Heritage Center is open February through April, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May through Labor Day, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and September 6 through December, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $8.50 per adult, $7.50 per senior (55 and older) and students with proper identification, and $5 per child. Admission price includes all attractions. Entry to the grounds and museum store are free.

About Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts. Located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., it was established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center is also home to the Cherokee National Archives, which is the Nation’s foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts from the 1700s through present day. The Cherokee Heritage Center is situated on the grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary, which is one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service has designated the Center as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail Of Tears for the Cherokees and other tribes forcibly removed to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, during the 1800s. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeHeritage.org.



Cameron Andrews
Pier Communications

Ben Elder
Cherokee Nation Entertainment