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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA Cherokee Heritage Center introduced its new tribal village Diligwa, “Cherokee life in 1710,” on Thursday to 33 schools and 1854 students at Cherokee Nation during its annual Ancient Cherokee Days experience.
“The premise of Ancient Cherokee Days is to give the child an opportunity to experience Cherokee life during that time period,”
said Tonia Weavel, Education Director.
“The Cherokee Heritage Center has been teaching children about Cherokee lifestyle for 50 years,”
Ancient Cherokee Days is an outdoor classroom experience having a variety of activities related to the Cherokee lifestyle during the 1700’s. Students participated in many of the 18 cultural stations. The stations consisted of cultural games such as blow gun shooting, stickball, marbles, and chunkey. They also made pottery, did basket weaving and watched a flint knapping demonstration. Other cultural stations introduced students to the Cherokee language and stories while providing many more opportunities to learn about the Cherokee life during that time period.
The visiting schools consisted of public, private, and home school students. All students participated in a scavenger hunt and received an arrow head like stone for participation.
The Heritage Center hosts two student events a year: Ancient Cherokee Days during the fall semester and Indian Territory Days in the spring. Indian Territory Days is another outdoor classroom lesson with the focus on Cherokee lifestyle in 1890.
“It is important to the Cherokee Heritage Center staff that the information and activities done with the children are authentic to our culture,”
“It’s important to know and understand the distinction that each tribe is unique.”
posted October 8, 2013 11:30 am edt