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66th Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration set for October 1

TAHLEQUAH - The 66th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration begins Thursday, September 29 with the 2016-2017 Miss Keetoowah Cherokee and Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Pageant.

Friday, September 30, there will be a stomp dance beginning at dusk.

           On Saturday, October 1, there will be a kid’s fishing derby, dignitary breakfast, parade, state of the nation ceremony, hog fry, gospel singing children’s activities, turtle races, make and take crafts along with crafts and food vendors.  There will also be traditional games including a cornstalk shoot, blowgun shoot, marbles exhibition, and stickball exhibition. 

            A special highlight this year is the Tradition Keepers Museum Exhibit and Sale in the John Hair Cultural Center and Museum. Tradition Keepers Exhibit is funded by Oklahoma Arts Council. There will also be a UKB Constitutional Ratification reception at the Museum beginning at 2 p.m.  A health information tent and health screenings provided by a group of nurses from Florida Atlantic University will be set up on the grounds.

           The theme for the 66th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration is “Keetoowah Strong; Celebrating Centuries of Tradition”.

           This is more than a theme; it has been a way of life for the Keetoowah people since time immemorial. Given the trials and challenges to the tribe even to this day, it is as meaningful as ever. 

           The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is a tribe steeped in tradition, and one that is committed in preserving the history, culture and language of its people. What are most important to the attendees of the celebration are not the events, the food or the games.  People come to have fellowship and to be together as a tribe.

           For more information on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, call 918-431-1818 or 918-457-9440.


66th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration


“Keetoowah Strong;


Celebrating Centuries of Tradition”


October 1, 2016


Tahlequah, Oklahoma


Thursday, September 29

6 p.m.                   2016-2017 Miss Keetoowah Cherokee &

Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Pageant

 Friday, September 30

 Dusk                     Stomp Dance

 Saturday, October 1

 7:00 a.m.               Kid’s Fishing Derby

 7:30 a.m.               Chief’s Dignitary Breakfast

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.      Arts & Crafts, Health Screenings and Food Vendors

 10 a.m.                 Blowgun Shoot

 10 a.m.                 Cornstalk Shoot

 10 a.m.                 Horseshoe Pitching

 10 a.m.                 Traditional Marbles

 10 a.m.                 Parade-Downtown Tahlequah

 11 a.m.                 Children’s Activities

 11 a.m.                 Children’s Make & Take

 11 a.m.                 Storytelling

 11:45 a.m.             State of the Nation Address by Chief Bunch

                                     Introduction of Council, Special Guests, Tradition Keepers Miss                                     and Jr Miss Keetoowah Cherokee

 1 p.m.                   Traditional Meal

 1-4 p.m.                Tradition Keepers Museum Exhibit & Sale

 2 p.m.                   Turtle Races

 2 p.m.                   UKB Constitutional Ratification Reception at the Museum

 3-5 p.m.                Gospel Singing

 4 p.m.                   Stickball Youth Exhibition

 All events except the parade will be held on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration Grounds

 Located off of West Willis Road.

 For more information: 918-772-4300

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.