TAHLEQUAH, Okla. --- The 64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration begins Friday, September 12 with a stomp dance at dusk.
On Saturday, September 13, there will be a kid’s fishing derby, dignitary breakfast, parade, state of the nation ceremony, hog fry, gospel singing children’s activities, turtle races, make and take crafts along with crafts and food vendors. There will also be a traditional games including a cornstalk shoot, blowgun shoot, marbles exhibition, and stickball exhibition.
A special highlight this year is a tent which features the UKB Tradition Keepers, who will demonstrate and sell their crafts. There will also be a health information tent and health screenings provided by a group of nurses from Florida Atlantic University.
The theme for the 64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration is “We Shall Never Give Up Keetoowah, until all of us join hands and fall to the ground (until we all die).
This is more than a theme, it has been a way of life for the Keetoowah people since time immemorial. Given the trials and challenges to the tribe even to this day, it is as meaningful as ever.
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is a tribe steeped in tradition, and one that is committed in preserving the history, culture and language of its people. What is most important to the attendees of the celebration is not the events, the food or the games. People come to have fellowship and to be together as a tribe.
For more information on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, call 918-431-1818 or 918-456-6533.