This spring, visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Cherokees.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host Cherokee Days at the museum, a news release states.
The three-day event runs March 31-April 2 and is free to attend.
“We have established an excellent partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian that annually celebrates the shared history and heritage of the Cherokee people,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This event is a unique showcase and educational opportunity focused on our tribal life ways. Our artisans, culture keepers and historians from the federally recognized governments of the Cherokee are able to come together as family and share our rich story that is so prominent in America’s history.”
Cherokee Days shares the authentic history of the Cherokees through a timeline exhibit, live cultural art demonstrations and cultural performances. Among the art demonstrations are pottery making, basket weaving, carving and textiles.
As part of the event, there is a make-and-take experience that provides children an opportunity to create traditionally inspired Cherokee items.
The filmmakers of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” will screen episodes of its Emmy-winning series each day and host a Q&A on April 1.
Those unable to attend the event in person can still take part in the Cherokee Days experience through an interactive website by visiting www.CherokeeDays.com. The site provides a detailed agenda of daily activities and performances, access to information and photos from each tribe’s social media accounts, and live streaming throughout the event.