Har-Ber Village Museum, located along the shore of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee in Grove, Okla., will be filled with the treasured history of the Cherokee Nation on Saturday, June 14 during Cherokee Heritage Day.
From the outside lawn where visitors can play the ancient game of marbles, which dates back to 800 A.D., to the Gazebo on Main Street where Cherokee gospel singers will fill the air with beautiful music, Cherokee Heritage Day will be a day of cultural enrichment and fun.
To honor the heritage of all the tribes in this area, Har-Ber Village admission will be free to all those who present their tribal IDs. Cherokee genealogy, or “Dawes’ Roll” look-ups, will be provided free of charge for anyone who is interested in his or her Cherokee lineage as well.
Many events will take place within the Village during Cherokee Heritage Day. Some of the activities include beadwork, finger weaving, basket weaving demonstrations, the creation and assembling of walking sticks and tomahawks, and the recognition of Annie Walker, a member of the Cherokee Nation, who turns 100 years old this year.
Author Sequoyah Guess will be hosting a book signing, showcasing his book “Red Eye”. Guess is a traditional Cherokee storyteller and a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
Renowned Cherokee basket weaver Kathryn Kelly will showcase her skills in the craft building. Kelly, who in 2003 was deemed a Cherokee National Treasure for basketry by the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council, will demonstrate how she selects her materials, how she positions them into form and how she intricately weaves each piece of vine to create a masterpiece. She will have various baskets on display for sale and will answer questions from the audience.
Throughout the day, guests can make their own corn husk dolls and play marbles out on the front lawn. Visitors can enjoy some delicious Indian tacos from10 a.m.-3 p.m. while listening to traditional Cherokee music as well as gospel favorites when Cherokee gospel singers perform at the gazebo on Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon.
We encourage all to come enjoy a stroll through scenic Har-Ber Village Museum on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee at your own pace. Examine antique collections and reproductions housed in both original and replicated buildings reflecting the late 1800s and early 1900s. Explore new hands-on exhibits, view frequent craft demonstrations, shop at two retail shops and be part of the culture at Har-Ber Village during Cherokee Heritage Day.
And don’t forget the 2014 Grand Lake SpringFest & Food Truck Rally also taking place on Saturday, June 14th in Grove. So come on to Grove and make it a full day of food, fun and culture!