The new interactive experience will transport
guests back to Cherokee life during the 1700s

TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (April 29, 2011) --- The Cherokee Heritage Center is presenting the new “Legends at Dusk” show each Saturday from June 4-Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451.

“Legends at Dusk,” an evening in the Ancient Village, is an interactive dramatization sharing traditional Cherokee culture through myths and legends in an outdoor theater setting that brings Cherokee history from the 1700s to life.

Guests will tour the famous Cherokee Ancient Village with interpretive actors dressed in 1700s period clothing. Throughout the event, audiences will be told a variety of legends including Flint Visits Rabbit, Where Bear Came From, Kanati the Hunter and Mud Dauber Makes a Pot. The stories are derived from ancient legends that were recorded in the late 19th century in the original homelands of the Cherokee people.

After hearing the ancient Cherokee legends, guests will gather around the Council Grounds where they will witness all the stories, lessons and props coming together to experience the legend of the First Fire.

“This production will offer a great opportunity for our guests to experience storytelling as a timeless aspect of Cherokee history and culture in a memorable way,” said Carey Tilley, Executive Director at the Cherokee Heritage Center. “Our audiences will not only have a chance to hear stories that go back hundreds or even thousands of years, they will also have a chance to be a part of the stories.”

The Cherokee Heritage Center production of “Legends at Dusk” is set to take the stage following the highly acclaimed “Under the Cherokee Moon,” which enjoyed a very successful four-year run.
 “Legends at Dusk” admission is $10 per adult; $8 per senior (55 and older), group, military, or member of Cherokee Nation Historical Society or Gilcrease member with proper identification; and $5 students (K-12); and Free for children (0-4 years old).

The Cherokee Heritage Center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week from May 1 to Sept 5. It is closed during January and on Sundays from Feb. 1 to April 30 and Sept. 6 to Dec. 31.

Cherokee Heritage Center 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.

For information on “Legends at Dusk” tickets or the 2011 season and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007, email at or visit

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