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“A very moving and educational visit”

Cherokee Heritage Center
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Park Hill
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: An independent nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, promote, and teach Cherokee history, heritage, and culture. The center sits on 44 beautiful acres in historic Park Hill, Oklahoma and is home to the Diligwa Cherokee Village, an outdoor living history attraction, a genealogy library, and the Cherokee National Museum and Archives plus a permanent exhibit on the Trail of Tears and 1500 square feet of exhibit space with changing exhibits.
Reviewed November 24, 2017

What a great place to visit and learn about the experience of the Cherokee people, their way of life, and the tragic circumstances on the Trail of Tears. The facility is beautiful, the information is priceless. A great trip for a couple, alone, or with a family. You can even tour a replica of a Cherokee village and hear narration in both English and Cherokee. There are demos of how they made bows, arrowheads, blowguns and even the games the native people played.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

This was an absolutely wonderful experience! Unfortunately the first portion of the display area inside was under renovation, but what we did see was extremely moving and educational. The best part was the outdoor tour through a recreated Cherokee village led by a guide by the name of Jeff Little (Little White Tail Deer). Jeff has a Cherokee lineage on both his mother's and father's side as far back as can be traced.

With Jeff's guidance, we learned so much more about the Cherokee matriarchal social structure and the daily life of the Cherokees that we never would have gotten by just looking at a display or reading a historical accounting. Jeff was knowledgeable and totally engaging. He clearly respected and loved his family and his tribe, and his humble loyalty to the Cherokee culture helped us understand the travesty that was inflicted on the Cherokees when they were forced to leave their NC homeland.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

good exhibition about the many broken treaties, hardship and trail of tears of the Indian American people.
outside there is a rural village with some small buildings to visit.
only guided tour possible visiting an "ancient" Cherokee village but the Cherokee guide tells a lot about the daily life at those times.
you can either pay the entrance fee for the Heritage Center or buy a "Cherokee Passport" for USD 15 which enables you to visit all other museums for free and you get a stamp for each museum - nice souvenir.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank eva1500
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

This was an excellent place to spend a few hours. Between the museum, the village tour, and the Trail of Tears, it was a wonderful learning experience. Easily handicap accessible and great to learn from actual tribal members.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank tmw24
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

The Cherokee Heritage Center is a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting the Tahlequah area. It includes the Cherokee National Museum, displays of Cherokee art, a recreation of a pre-contact Cherokee village that you can tour, and special events every so often. If you want to know more about Cherokee history, culture, and art, this is a perfect place to start!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Andrei S
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