61st Cherokee National Holiday
A capital weekend for the Cherokee.
Photo courtesy of Cherokee Nation Tourism.
Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 1
When the Cherokee National Holiday was established in 1953, it was foremost a celebration of the signing of the tribe’s 1839 constitution. Today, the Labor Day weekend holiday is also about returning home to Tahlequah for those who left northeastern Oklahoma and reconnecting with family and the Cherokee life. The 61st holiday takes place at the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma capital and is packed with activities –stickball, softball, marbles and golf tournaments; arts and crafts vendor market; juried art show; parade; 5k run, all-Indian rodeo; intertribal powwow; quilt show; cornstalk shooting contest; gospel singing; traditional Indian games; traditional food cook-off; horseshoes competition; a musical play; and fireworks. Go to www.cherokee.org to see all the activities booked for Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 1 as well as locations.