This Saturday, June 8, is Cherokee Heritage Day at Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove. Here is the official release from Har-Ber Village on all the great activities to take place…


2013 Cherokee Heritage Day at Har-Ber Village


Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove, Okla., will be filled with the treasured history of the Cherokee Nation on Saturday, June 8 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.

With paid admission into the museum, visitors can see the special guests and activities that will be featured throughout the Village.

From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 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 and will answer questions from the audience.

At 9:30 a.m. and again at noon, Junior Miss Cherokee Julie Thornton will share her personal platform and talk about the history behind her title.  As Junior Miss Cherokee, Thornton, of Muskogee, Okla., acts as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe and promotes the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.

Inside the Native American Gallery, visitors can hear traditional Cherokee stories told by author Sequoyah Guess at 10 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.  Guess is one of five co-writers of the book “Cherokee Stores of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club,” which is a collection of stories and teachings about Western Cherokee life and beliefs.

Sadie Cole-Cordon, a local gardening enthusiast, will give presentations at 11 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., where attendees can learn about native plants of Oklahoma and hear tips on how to secure reliable seeds and heritage plants.

Throughout the day, guests can make their own corn husk dolls and play Cherokee marbles.  In the afternoon, visitors can hear traditional Cherokee music as well as gospel favorites when Cherokee gospel singers perform at the gazebo on Main Street from 2-3 p.m.

Har-Ber Village Museum is a self-guided replica town that features the life of an everyday 19th century village.  Founded in 1968 by Harvey and Bernice Jones, this pioneer-era village, complete with Visitor Center and gift shop called The Country Store, is located on the shores of Grand Lake.  During self-guided tours, visitors experience the area’s history and ecology as well as view collections of antiques and memorabilia.

For more information about Har-Ber Village Museum or about Cherokee Heritage Day, call 918-786-6446, email [email protected] or visit


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