WASHINGTON – When “Cherokee Days” begins April 10 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., people from around the world will also be able to enjoy the experience.
There will be two full days of live webcasts and a plethora of information shared on Cherokee Nation’s social media accounts.
“By partnering with the Smithsonian to stream the sessions on Cherokee history, genealogy and culture, we open the experience of Cherokee Days to a much broader audience,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We encourage everyone interested to log on and participate in this unique gathering of tribal historians, artisans and cultural experts. The information collectively shared by the three tribes will be educational as well as entertaining. It’s important we make this experience accessible to the world.”
On April 10, there will be traditional Cherokee stories told by Robert Lewis, flute performances by Cherokee National Treasure Tommy Wildcat, traditional dances and performances by the Cherokee National Youth Choir.
On April 11, learn more about the Cherokee language with John Ross Jr.; watch a lecture about the historic Trail of Tears with Catherine Foreman Gray; delve into Cherokee genealogy with Roy Hamilton; learn more about the importance of natural resources with speakers from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; and learn about the history of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma with Ernestine Berry.
The performances on Friday start at 10:30 a.m. (EDT), and presentations on Saturday start at 10 a.m. (EDT) and can be viewed via live webcast at http://nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts/.
Cherokee Nation officials will continually provide an inside look of the three-day event through its Tumblr page at www.CherokeeNationNews.tumblr.com. There will also be updates on Cherokee Nation’s many Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
One year after a highly successful inaugural event, the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are again partnering to host “Cherokee Days.”
The public educational program is April 10-12 and includes an exhibit showcasing the history and culture of the three tribes, live cultural art demonstrations, and scheduled cultural performances. Among the activities is a make-and-take experience, which allows children to create traditional Cherokee items.
The three Cherokee tribes will share the Cherokee story that spans from time immemorial to the Trail of Tears to the successes of the modern tribes.
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of native objects, including photographs, paper and photo archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.