John Hair Cultural Center and Museum

18627 W. Keetoowah Circle Tahlequah, OK 74464

The John Hair Cultural Center and Museum is the central holding place for all history and cultural objects for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Visitors will find permanent and temporary exhibits within the building, as well as a gift shop with authentic, handmade Keetoowah items.

The JHCCM is managed by Director Ernestine Berry. For museum inquiries related to exhibits, cultural items or the gift shop, call 918-871-2866.

Tradition Keepers

Since 2005, the John Hair Cultural Center and Museum has also awarded the prestigious title of "Tradition Keeper" to outstanding Keetoowah members. From soapstone carvers to basket weavers and traditional dress makers, there is no shortage of cultural and creative talent for the Keetoowahs.


Many of our members are preserving our culture through ​making their art into something that can be shared and passed down to future generations.

Below is a full list of tribal members who have been awarded this honor.

Soapstone art by Tradition Keeper Matt Girty 

2005 - Cindy Hair, Basket Maker

2006 -Marie Proctor, Basket Maker

2006 - Danny McCarter, Blowgun Making

2007 - Nellie Hunt, Public Service

2007 - Mack Vann, Bow Maker

2008 - Russell VanBuskirk, Wood/Antler Carving

2010 - Sammy Still, Traditional Marble Maker

2011 - Leona Bendabout, Clothing Maker

2011 - Albert Shade, Bow Maker

2012 - Joan Foreman, Beadwork

2012 - Jim Buckhorn, Bow Maker

2013 - Dorothy Ice, Weaver

2013 - Issac Goodrich, Traditional Art

2014 - Elizabeth Wolfe, Beadwork

2014 - Sequoyah Guess, Storytelling

2015 - Della Wolfe, Cherokee Language
2015- Kenneth Foster, Foods/Carving

2016 - Matt Girty, Stone Carving

2016 - Ernestine Berry, History

2017 - Carrie Grayson, Crafts

2017 - Sharon Proctor, Basket Maker

2018 - Clara Proctor, Cherokee Language

2018 - Richard Shade, Bow Maker

2019 - Lila Killer, Traditional Apparel/Design

2019 - Marcella Foreman, Beadwork/Basketry

2020 - Janelle Adair, Storytelling

2020- Ronny Livers - Cherokee Language