On Wednesday, the Lavaca G.T. students (7-12) traveled back in time to the late 1800’s at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
The Cherokee Heritage Center (CHC) is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts. It was established in 1963 by the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote Cherokee culture.
The Center is the repository for the Cherokee National Archives, the Nation’s foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts, cataloging the rich history of the Cherokee people from the 1700’s through the present day. The Center is also home to the Cherokee Family Research Center, assisting Oklahoma Cherokee descendents to reconnect with their lineage.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is located on the grounds of the famous Cherokee Female Seminary, c. 1851, one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi. Due to this distinction, the CHC is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Students had the opportunity to explore a Native American-style village, learn about Native American hunting and gathering techniques, experience crafting pottery and arrowheads, as well as discuss how trade with the American’s influenced their culture. They were also treated to a game of Stickball, a traditional Native American game.
Students were lead on the tour by Noel Grayson. Mr. Grayson is one of the youngest people to be recognized as a Cherokee National Treasure, a distinction given to Master Craftspeople who are carrying on and teaching the traditional crafts of the Cherokee Nation. He has been profiled on the show, A Craftsman’s Legacy.
The Cherokee Heritage Center is truly a must-see!!!