TAHLEQUAH - The 66th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration begins Thursday, September 29 with the 2016-2017 Miss Keetoowah Cherokee and Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Pageant.
Friday, September 30, there will be a stomp dance beginning at dusk.
On Saturday, October 1, there will be a kid’s fishing derby, dignitary breakfast, parade, state of the nation ceremony, hog fry, gospel singing children’s activities, turtle races, make and take crafts along with crafts and food vendors. There will also be traditional games including a cornstalk shoot, blowgun shoot, marbles exhibition, and stickball exhibition.
A special highlight this year is the Tradition Keepers Museum Exhibit and Sale in the John Hair Cultural Center and Museum. Tradition Keepers Exhibit is funded by Oklahoma Arts Council. There will also be a UKB Constitutional Ratification reception at the Museum beginning at 2 p.m. A health information tent and health screenings provided by a group of nurses from Florida Atlantic University will be set up on the grounds.
The theme for the 66th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration is “Keetoowah Strong; Celebrating Centuries of Tradition”.
This is more than a theme; it has been a way of life for the Keetoowah people since time immemorial. Given the trials and challenges to the tribe even to this day, it is as meaningful as ever.
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is a tribe steeped in tradition, and one that is committed in preserving the history, culture and language of its people. What are most important to the attendees of the celebration are not the events, the food or the games. People come to have fellowship and to be together as a tribe.
For more information on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, call 918-431-1818 or 918-457-9440.
Celebrating Centuries of Tradition”
October 1, 2016
Thursday, September 29
6 p.m. 2016-2017 Miss Keetoowah Cherokee &
Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Pageant
Friday, September 30
Dusk Stomp Dance
Saturday, October 1
7:00 a.m. Kid’s Fishing Derby
7:30 a.m. Chief’s Dignitary Breakfast
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arts & Crafts, Health Screenings and Food Vendors
10 a.m. Blowgun Shoot
10 a.m. Cornstalk Shoot
10 a.m. Horseshoe Pitching
10 a.m. Traditional Marbles
10 a.m. Parade-Downtown Tahlequah
11 a.m. Children’s Activities
11 a.m. Children’s Make & Take
11 a.m. Storytelling
11:45 a.m. State of the Nation Address by Chief Bunch
Introduction of Council, Special Guests, Tradition Keepers Miss and Jr Miss Keetoowah Cherokee
1 p.m. Traditional Meal
1-4 p.m. Tradition Keepers Museum Exhibit & Sale
2 p.m. Turtle Races
2 p.m. UKB Constitutional Ratification Reception at the Museum
3-5 p.m. Gospel Singing
4 p.m. Stickball Youth Exhibition
All events except the parade will be held on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration Grounds
Located off of West Willis Road.
For more information: 918-772-4300