John Hair Cultural Center and KeetoowahMuseum
18280 W. Keetoowah Circle Tahlequah, OK 74464
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Beginning August 1st:
To sell artwork in the museum, artisans must book an appointment on Tuesday or Wednesday by calling 918-871-2866.
The John Hair Cultural Center and Keetoowah 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 1949 Keetoowah Base Roll is also on display for visitors to the museum who wish to trace their family names. The JHCCM is managed by Director Ernestine Berry. For museum inquiries related to exhibits, cultural items or the gift shop, call 918-871-2866.
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.
UKB Tradition Keepers are chosen from among a group of outstanding artists, artisans, linguists, historians, and other traditional culture keepers. The Tradition Keepers not only practice their arts and crafts, but also share their knowledge through teaching others.
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
2021 - Tanisa Foreman, Baskets/Beadwork
2021 - Sharon Benoit, Clothing
2022 - Char Wolfe, Traditional Arts
2022- Michelle Downing, Turtle Shackles/Rattles
2023- John Chewey, Cherokee Language
2023- Lena Deere, Traditional Apparel