TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians is offering cultural classes in November. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about Keetoowah Cherokee seasonal gatherings, harvesting, using natural materials and how to make stickball sticks.
The Gathering and Harvesting series is a two part class that begins on November 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will meet at the John Hair Cultural Center and Museum and travel to the field where they will learn how to identify, gather, and prepare natural materials such as buck brush for basket making. The second part of the Gathering and Harvesting class will be held on November 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to prepare and use the natural materials to make their own basket. Registration is $25 per person and includes both parts as well as transportation to the gathering site.
The Stickball Stick Making Class will be held on November 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class will be held outdoors, around an open fire where participants will learn how to make a handcrafted stickball stick. Registration is $40 per person.
Cultural classes are provided by the John Hair Cultural Center & Museum. Advance registration is required. UKB members receive a 50% discount (must present UKB membership card). No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to program date. Registration fees help cover cost of supplies, instruction and lunch. November classes are open to the general public but designed for adults 18 years of age or older.
The JHCCM opened in October 2011 with a mission to educate the public about the history, customs and traditions of the Keetoowah Cherokee people. For more information about the Keetoowah Cherokee culture or to register for cultural classes, visit us at www.ukb-nsn.gov or call 918-772-4389.