the Artwork: Designer:
Cherokee National Treasure Dan Mink. At the center of the
design is a deer sugar skull decorated with elements of
predator and prey. Inside the skull are snake skin, fish
scales and patterns associated with Southeast Woodland design
native to the Cherokee people. The cape feathers directly
under the deer embrace the tribe's 14 counties. The background
is a sunset over Lake Tenkiller, marked with the seven-pointed
star. The circle is encompassed by three patterns, including
deer tracks to embody a successful hunt, stylized turkey
feathers and scales. The three patterns represent the three
federally recognized Cherokee tribes. Lastly, the seven
Buffalo Carp fish under the circle honor the seven Cherokee
clans. If you look closely, you might even find a bear hidden
in the design!
THE 64th CHEROKEE
TAHLEQUAH, OK, SEPT.
We invite you to join us for the 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, Oklahoma to renew friendships and celebrate
the Cherokee spirit. The holiday has been observed annually since
1953 to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution
and the Act of Union reuniting Cherokees both East and West after
the Trail of Tears. 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
This multi-day celebration is jam-packed with sports activities
for all ages, from traditional games such as Cherokee marbles, the
cornstalk shoot and blowgun competition to the more familiar golf
and softball tournaments. Hundreds of vendors and crafts people
set up booths where visitors may view and purchase authentic Native
American-made products and foods. Music lovers will enjoy many events,
including gospel and bluegrass music, a toe-tapping fiddler's contest
and a concert from the award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir.
History buffs are invited to visit one of our exciting museums
that highlight aspects of Cherokee life, such as the Ross Museum,
Cherokee Supreme Court Museum and the Cherokee National Prison Museum.
Nearby is the Cherokee Heritage Center and Family Research Center,
that includes the Diligwa Living History Village. History is made
every year as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation delivers
the annual State of the Nation Address to the Cherokee people.
Those with children will especially enjoy the annual parade
downtown, storytelling, children's games and fun hands-on traditional
crafts events. The Inter-Tribal powwow held on the Cherokee Nation
Cultural Grounds is always a crowd favorite, and highlights the
Holiday celebration nightly as dancers from all over the United
States compete for prizes and top honors.
This year's theme, "Stewards of Our Land," reflects
the Cherokee Nation's commitment to the environment, as well as
the preservation of our traditional lands, wildlife and natural
The Cherokee National Holiday is a festive time in Tahlequah.
We hope it will be an event you and your family will want to experience
every Labor Day weekend.
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Entry forms and flyers may be downloaded from the bottom of the
page located here.