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February 20, 2013

Reservations being accepted for spring 2013 tours of CN historical sites



Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is providing students with an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation's rich history and culture with its education tour program. Students receive an up-close look at historical sites, visit museums and participate in traditional Cherokee activities and crafts.

“The Cherokee Nation is committed to preserving our history and culture,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “These tours are a great way to partner with schools in our area to give children a unique look at Cherokee history.”

Adapted from the widely popular Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism group tours, the education tour program features three tours: the Cherokee History Tour that visits Tahlequah's historic Capitol Square and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and Ancient Village; the Will Rogers Tour that visits the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Dog Iron Ranch; and the Civil War Tour that visits Capitol Square, Murrell Home and Fort Gibson Historic Site.

In addition to the education tours, a variety of add-ons are available for an additional fee, including transportation on a 22-passenger shuttle bus, box lunches and cultural activities such as basket weaving, pottery and mini stickball making.

The students and/or school will provide lunch, water and/or snacks unless prearranged at sign-up.

Teacher Curriculum Guide and Student Activity Book

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism created complimentary Cherokee education curriculum to support the tour programs, which is provided to teachers on CD upon registration.

The teacher's curriculum guide is designed to serve as a teaching tool to prepare students for the education tour. Teachers will find more than 70 pages of historical information to share with their students. A student activity book has been created that corresponds to the teacher's curriculum guide. The goal of the activity book is to prepare the students for the tour by giving them background information beforehand so they can fully benefit from the information and experiences they will encounter while on the tour. Knowledge of Cherokee history will prepare students for what they will see and experience.

Historical field trips are offered during the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.

Information: (918) 384-7787.

 

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