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Cherokee Nation to Host Cherokee Cultural Days
The Cherokee Nation is offering an entertaining and educational experience through storytelling and other cultural activities at this year’s Cherokee Cultural Days, to be held Nov. 2-4, in the Tribal Council chambers located in the tribe’s main complex on Hwy 62 South.
The Cherokee Nation Leadership group is sponsoring the three day event that will include a variety of activities for all ages. A presentation of proclamation will be given by Principal Chief Chad Smith, followed by a history talk focusing on Cherokee storytelling traditions. Storytelling performances will also be given by several performers including two internationally-known story tellers, Gayle Ross and Freeman Owle.
Todd Enlow, group leader of Cherokee Nation Leadership says this will be the first time the event has been open to the public.
“I'm really excited about the storytelling,” said Enlow. “These traditional stories will teach people about our attributes and our values. I’m happy to be able to bring in such widely respected storytellers such as Gayle Ross and Freeman Owle.”
Ross is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokees during the Trail of Tears. Over the past 25 years, she has become one of the most respected storytellers to emerge from the current surge of interest in this timeless art form. From the kindergarten classroom and college campuses to the Kennedy Center, Ross’ stories have enthralled audiences of all ages.
Owle, born and raised in Cherokee, N.C., is a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He is an authoritative lecturer and demonstrator of Cherokee culture. Before he began his career in storytelling and lecturing, Owle taught elementary students for 12 years and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Owle continues to spread the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people. His main focus is on the Cherokee way of life and how it is valuable to us today. Self concept, respect for others, appreciation for mother earth, and the value of knowing one’s own roots are some of what Owle shares when performing as a storyteller.
Enlow says it will be great that they will also to be able to share stories through video.
“We are now in an era where we have to try to balance the traditional with emerging technologies, so with this event we try to incorporate the best of both worlds,” said Enlow.
Along with Ross and Owle will be several other performances and the opportunity for community storytelling. The Cherokee Cultural Days agenda includes:
Nov. 2: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tribal Council Chambers - Opening remarks and storytelling
Nov. 2: 1-4 p.m., Tribal Council Chambers - History talk focused on the storytelling tradition
Nov. 3: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tribal Council Chambers - Flute performance by Tommy Wildcat and storytelling
Nov. 3: 1-4 p.m., Tribal Council Chambers - Storytelling by and for children, video presentation
Nov 4: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tribal Council Chambers - Community storytelling
This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information please call 918-453-5389.
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