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Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20013
Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to share the Cherokee story in Washington, D.C. during Cherokee Days
This three-day festival will include storytelling, an exhibit showcasing a historical timeline and live cultural art demonstrations and performances. Activities also will include a make-and-take experience, which allows children to create traditional Cherokee items.
Cherokees originally inhabited the lands in what are now present-day Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Following the 1838 forced removal of 16,000 Cherokees to present-day Oklahoma, many defied the relocation and remained in North Carolina.
The Cherokees forced along the Trail of Tears were led by Principal Chief John Ross. They established Tahlequah as Cherokee Nation’s capital in 1839. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which reside in Cherokee, North Carolina, became federally recognized in 1868.
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of native objects, including photographs, paper and photo archives and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.