Cherokee Nation Hosts Native American Heritage Month Activities

ICTMN Staff
11/3/11

On November 9, the Cherokee Nation will host professor Tim Garrison of Portland State University, who will present a lecture titled, "The Cherokees in the Pac-12? Elisha Chester's Bizarre Removal Plan," which will illuminate an interesting part of Cherokee history.

"In the early 1830s, the United States government was trying to decide where to relocate the Southeastern Indian nations. In 1832, one of the Cherokee Nation’s attorneys, Elisha Chester, offered a bizarre plan for the Cherokees’ relocation. Garrison’s lecture will discuss Chester’s role in the removal crisis, describe his failed removal proposal and explain why the lawyer became a pariah among the Cherokee," reported CherokeePhoenix.org.

Garrison's lecture will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the W. W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After the lecture, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., producers from Twin Path Productions will screen their film "Remember the Removal Bike Ride," from the June 2011 event, when 18 Cherokees took the 1,000-mile bicycle ride from Georgia to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to remember the Trail of Tears.

After the film, from 3:30 to 4 p.m., Helena McCoy, a fifth-grade teacher from the Cherokee Immersion School, will present "My Awakening," a Power Point presentation of pictures she took as a member of the West to East Tour. She will discuss her discovery of Cherokee people and places and history she encountered along the way. Cherokee arts and crafts will take center stage on November 10 when from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., artists will be in the Tsa-La-Gi Community Room behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees, to teach people how to make a variety of items—baskets, cornhusk dolls, pinch pots, bead key rings, lanyards.

Arrive early if you want to learn stone carving from Freeman Owle, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, as there are a limited number of stone carving kits available. For the first time this year, a stickball game will be played at the Cherokee Nation complex, from noon to 3 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information call Cathy Monholland at 918-453-5389 or email her at cathy-monholland@cherokee.org.

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