The Cherokee Heritage Center is in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and was established in 1963. Tahlequah is considered the heart of the Cherokee Nation and the region is very important to Native Americans. To preserve and promote the Cherokee culture, the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society had established the Cherokee Heritage Center. The Cherokee Heritage site was built on the original Cherokee National Female Seminary.
Cherokee Heritage Center is in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and was established in 1963.
Tahlequah is known as the heart of the Cherokee Nation. To preserve and promote
the Cherokee culture, the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical
Society had established the Cherokee Heritage Center. The Cherokee National
Archives are located at The Center and that includes the nation’s foremost
collection of tribal related documents and artifacts.
The relics included in the
museum are from along the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears involved the
forced removal of Native Americans from their historical homelands west of the
Mississippi. The tribes included in the removal were from the Cherokee,
Chicksaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole. The removal was brought on because
American settlers wanted to use the Native American’s ancestral lands.
The Cherokee Heritage Center
lets customers experience the history of the Cherokee Indians using exhibits.
The Cherokee Family Research Center is where you can view historic
Cherokee documents in their archives. The Cherokee History Center’s Ancient
Village, is located at the site of the original Cherokee Female Seminar to help
preserve it. The Cherokee Female Seminar was the first school where Cherokee women
could get a higher education along the banks of the Mississippi.
village Tsa-La-Gi is another attraction located at the Cherokee Heritage
Center. The construction of Tsa-La-Gi village began on February 23, 1966 and
was funded through the charity, The Cherokee Foundation. Construction of
the village included salvaging foundation rock from the old seminary for later
use. Sixty Cherokees were initially trained to cast in the village as well as
tour guides. The training for working in the village lasted three months and
was held at Sequoyah High School. The opening for Tsa-La village occurred on
June 27, 1967 by Society President Keeler in front of a large audience. Today,
tour guides can give a glimpse of a Cherokee village, before European contact.