Cherokee National Holiday coming Labor Day weekend
TAHLEQUAH Its almost time for the 56th Annual Cherokee National Holiday held every year over the Labor Day weekend in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee National Holiday is a wonderful opportunity to become immersed in the traditions and cultures of the great Cherokee Nation, said Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. The holiday offers something for everyone, and I encourage you to come out and take a part in our celebration of the Cherokee people.
The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in tribute to the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. It has grown into one of the largest events in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world.
Each year a theme is chosen for the Cherokee National Holiday that celebrates Cherokee Nations rich heritage and culture. The 2008 theme is 'di ni yo tli u na li s de lv do di, Planting the Seed Corn for our Children's Future.'
In this theme, we honor all the Cherokee parents and grandparents whose everyday actions are dedicated to establishing strong, self-sufficient children and communities. Cherokee community members have great respect for these individuals who care and plan for the Cherokee Nations leaders of tomorrow, Smith said.
The Cherokee National Holiday will get underway on Aug. 29 and will offer a variety of activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. This years events include a parade, powwow, fireworks, music, food, childrens events, cultural arts and crafts, an art show, native games competitions, softball tournaments, volleyball and a three-on-three basketball tournament.