2019 Cherokee National Holiday
Join us for the 67th Annual Cherokee National Holiday on August 30 – September 1, 2019 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Cherokee National Holiday is a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness and reuniting families. Thousands of Cherokees and visitors from across the US and beyond travel to the historic Cherokee Nation capital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to celebrate the Cherokee spirit. The holiday has been observed annually since 1953, commemorating the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the Act of Union reuniting Cherokees both East and West after the Trail of Tears. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, the Cherokee National Holiday has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from around the world.
Cherokee National Holiday Powwow
This multi-day Cherokee National Holiday celebration is packed with sports activities for all ages, from traditional games such as Cherokee marbles, the cornstalk shoot and blowgun competition to the more familiar golf and softball tournaments.
Hundreds of vendors and crafts people set up booths where visitors may view and purchase authentic Native American-made products and foods. Music lovers will enjoy many events, including gospel and bluegrass music, a toe-tapping fiddler’s contest and a concert from the award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir.
History enthusiasts won’t want to miss our exciting museums that highlight aspects of Cherokee life, such as the Ross Museum, Cherokee Supreme Court Museum and the Cherokee National Prison Museum. Nearby is the Cherokee Heritage Center and Family Research Center, that includes the Diligwa Living History Village. History is made every year as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation delivers the annual State of the Nation Address to the Cherokee people.
The annual downtown parade will be especially appreciated by those attending with children. They will be entertained with storytelling, children’s games and fun hands-on traditional crafts events. The Inter-Tribal powwow held on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds is always a crowd favorite, and highlights the Holiday celebration nightly as dancers from all over the United States compete for prizes and top honors.
The Cherokee National Holiday is a festive time in Tahlequah. It is an event you and your family will want to experience every Labor Day weekend.
Cherokee National Holiday Powwow Mini-Gallery
Over $35,000 In Prize Money!
Golden (Ages 60+)
Adult (Ages 18-59)
Men’s: Southern Straight, Northern Traditional, Fancy, Grass Dance, Chicken Dance
Women’s: Cloth, Southern Buckskin, Northern Traditional, Fancy Shawl, Jingle
Teen (Ages 13-17) Friday Night Contests
Boy’s: Southern Straight, Northern Traditional, Fancy, Grass Dance
Girl’s: Cloth, Buckskin, Fancy Shawl, Jingle
Northern – 1st Place $2,000; 2nd $1,500; 3rd $1,000
Southern – 1st Place $2,000; 2nd $1,500; 3rd $1,000
All decisions are by committee.
Bring your own seating.
POWWOW HOST DRUMS
Southern Drum: To Be Announced
Northern Drum: To Be Announced
Cherokee National Holiday Powwow Head Staff
Emcees: To Be Announced
Arena Directors: To Be Announced
Color Guard: To Be Announced
Head Man: To Be Announced
Head Lady: To Be Announced
Gourd Dance Host: To Be Announced
Head Dance Judge: To Be Announced
Head Singing Judge: To Be Announced
Cherokee Cultural Grounds
West 810 Road
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Cherokee National Holiday Powwow on Labor Day Weekend in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
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