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Cherokee National Holiday Weekend

Posted at 5:33 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 19:49:07-04

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee National Holiday has been celebrated on Labor Day weekend since 1953.

It commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution in addition to the Act of Union.

Tahlequah's Tammy Scott says she loves this time of year.

"It's the big Cherokee holiday. The art show is just amazing, and they had a quilt show going on and I just loved the ladies. They really put a lot in on the quilts," Scott said.

Nan Gardner has lived in Tahlequah for 30 years, she says the holiday is about more than just entertainment.

"Just to be able to be together you know family. Cherokees are real big on family." Gardner said.

The Deputy Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation agrees.

"The camaraderie, you have a lot of that. Those individual Cherokee family stories that are unique to all of us that each other have and it's like common thread," Deputy Warner said.

Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner says his favorite event of the weekend is the pow wow.

He says it's like a family reunion.

"When you take a look at the fabric of what is Cherokee Nation I think that is special because each one of us has a Cherokee story. Whether it be a big story or a small story," Deputy Warner said.

You can find a map, schedule and more about the Cherokee National Holiday if you click this link here

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