Cherokee Nation Hosts Special First Cherokee Christmas Exhibit – The Cherokee One Feather

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TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – The Cherokee National History Museum shares the story of the first Cherokee Christmas in a new exhibit at the Cherokee National History Museum through January 2, 2021.

The Cherokee National History Museum shares the story of the first Cherokee Christmas in a new exhibit at the Cherokee National History Museum through January 2, 2021. (Photo by the Cherokee Nation)

The first Cherokee Christmas took place in 1805 when Moravian missionaries were invited by Cherokee James Vann to his home in Georgia. The house has been decorated with natural materials and beeswax candles. Moravian stars were made of paper, and scriptures were written on scrolls to decorate the Cherokee Nation’s first Christmas tree.

The special Christmas exhibit not only shows how these Cherokee traditions began, but also shows how quickly they have grown in popularity. In just a few short years, the Christmas celebration at Vann’s house welcomed hundreds of people and featured songs, prayers and Bible readings in English and Cherokee.

As part of the Christmas exhibit, the museum will host a special segment of Exploring Cherokee History, featuring an interview with the performer from Vann’s historic home in Georgia.

Starting December 14, kids who visit select museums in the Cherokee Nation will receive a free on-the-go craft kit to make their own gourd ornament. A step-by-step instructional video will be posted on Visit Cherokee Nation’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages for those who wish to follow along. The kits will be distributed to the Cherokee National History Museum, Saline Courthouse Museum, and Sequoyah Cabin Museum on a first come, first served basis.

The Cherokee National History Museum is located in one of the tribe’s most iconic structures, the Cherokee National Capitol Building. It housed the executive, legislative and judicial offices of the Cherokee Nation until 1906 and more recently housed the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation until the fall of 2018.

The Cherokee National History Museum opened in 2019 and shares the history and culture of the Cherokee Nation in a 4,000 square foot permanent exhibition space that showcases the Cherokee way of life from pre-European contact through the Trail of Tears and the revitalization of the tribe after the American Civil War. War. It is located at 101 S. Muskogee Ave.

The Cherokee Nation Museums are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Exit of the Cherokee Nation

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