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Cherokee Heritage Center

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Located on 44 heavily wooded acres tucked away in the Oklahoma foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah honors the rich Cherokee history and culture. The center is home to the 1710 Cherokee Village, Adams Corner Rural Village, the Trail of Tears exhibit, the Cherokee National Museum and the Cherokee Family Research Center.

The 1710 Cherokee Village, also known as Diligwa, is an outdoor exhibit taking visitors back to early Cherokee trading days. Experience early 18th century life through interpretive stations, residential sites and more. Walk through 14 stations that detail the historic landscape in 1710 and demonstrate a range of cultural practices like stick ball, basket making, flintknapping and blow gun making. Diligwa also features a summer house, winter house, corn crib, kitchen garden and a council house. 

The Adams Corner Rural Village depicts a Cherokee community and life during the 1890s. Made up of seven buildings, guests can enter 19th century church, schoolhouse and log cabin. Inside the center, visit the Trail of Tears exhibit to witness life-size sculptures in an emotional portrayal of the Cherokee removal to Indian Territory and a timeline of the events.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is devoted to the preservation and promotion of Cherokee history and culture through several annual events and two competitive art shows.

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