Cherokee Hills Byway

National Scenic BywayOklahoma

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  • Cherokee Matriarch and Child at the Columns of the Original Cherokee Female Seminary

    A Cherokee Matriarch stands with a child amidst shadows of trees and columns. The Cherokee Female Seminary was the first and finest institution of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi River. Envision the Cherokee Elder teaching the child the importance of education for the Cherokee people today, just as it was in 1851.

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  • Columns of the Original Cherokee Female Seminary

    A Cherokee Ancient Villager stands among the three columns of the original Cherokee Female Seminary. The tops of the columns still have the black from the fire that destroyed the Female Seminary.

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  • Inter Tribal Pow Wow

    A little Native American girl, dressed in full pow wow apparel, holds the hand of one of the lady elders, as many elders stand, dressed in full pow wow regalia such as brightly colored dresses with intricate beading. They are caring beautiful shawls and fans made of feathers. Each is adorned in hand-made Native American jewelry.

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  • Natural Falls, or "Dripping Springs"

    A 77-foot waterfall, known as "Dripping Springs" by the Cherokee, cascades through rock formations and creates a hidden, serene atmosphere at the bottom of a narrow V-shaped valley. Natural Falls was the setting for the movie “Where the Red Fern Grows”.

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  • Tsa La Gi Ancient Village

    The Tsa La Gi Ancient Village is a re-creation of a traditional Cherokee village. Seen here is a shaded walkway winding through the village.

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  • Trail of Tears Exhibit at the Cherokee National Museum

    With help from the National Parks Services, the Cherokee Heritage Center permanently houses an exhibit that explores the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their indigenous territory to the “Indian Territory”, present -day Oklahoma. The sculptures create an environment where the visitor walks alongside the Cherokees on their route from their homelands to the Indian Territory. The nine figures represent the variety of lifestyles and people that made this historic trek. The experience of being in the moment along side the Cherokee leaves an immeasurable effect on our visitors’ emotional understanding of the Trail of Tears.

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  • Tahlonteeskee Cherokee Museum

    The reconstructed site of the original Tahlonteeskee Cherokee Museum stands against a pale sky. In addition to the Courthouse, there is also a Council House and a Log Cabin. The area served as the Capitol of the Cherokee Nation from 1828-1839.

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