Cherokee Messenger
February 2001

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For a complete newsletter sent each month, mail $20 annual dues, check or money order, payable to:
The Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston
P.O. Box 23187
Houston, TX 77228-3187 (USA)

CCS Monthly Meeting

Next Monthly Meeting of the Cherokee Cultural Society:
Topic: "What's Happening at the Cherokee Heritage Center"
Guest speaker: Acting Director Mary Ellen Meredith
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2001
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, one block south of Richmond Avenue, east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt.

Meeting is open to all interested persons. No admission fee.

The Cherokee Heritage Center, in Tahlequah, OK, is blossoming with spectacular plans. Returning this spring by popular demand is the Cherokee history drama, to be presented in the exciting outdoor theater set in the beautiful eastern Oklahoma woods. A revised musical treatment highlights an already mesmerizing story of the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee Nation artists will meet the public and provide opportunities to acquire their authentic tribal art. Classes taught by the artists are available in northeastern Oklahoma.

Language is coming alive with special Cherokee classes, open to all who are interested.

Our March 1 monthly meeting speaker will give visitors the full story on these items and other marvelous features of the Center. Attend our CCS meeting to hear Mary Ellen Meredith, the Center's Acting Director. See you at Tracy Gee Community Center in Houston!

The Cherokee Heritage Center Museum Education and Cultural Programs can be reached at 918-456-6007 or toll free 1-888-999-6007. Website is

Red Nations Remembering Family Picnic

CCS sponsors the annual Red Nations Remembering Family Picnic on Sunday, March 25, 2001 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Bear Creek Park, Pavilion #6.

Guests are most welcome. This is an alcohol-free drug-free, family oriented event.

A memorable day is ahead for all in attendance, starting with the 11:00 a.m. traditional Moccasin Walk, which honors ancestors who endured and those who died on the Trail of Tears.

Principal Chief Chad Smith of the Cherokee Nation has been invited to speak. Cherokee games, traditional storytelling, crafts, plus other activities for all ages, will follow. Contact CCS President B.J. Callihan at if you want to participate in basket weaving. She will take reservations to have materials available once your materials fees are received.

Plenty of family fun and food will be on hand at this informal pot luck outing. Remember to bring edibles for your family and enough to share. CCS will provide soft drinks. Facilities include picnic tables, lighting, restrooms, pay phones and a nearby playground. This facility is handicapped accessible. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs! No alcohol nor drugs allowed.

Directions to Bear Creek Park: Take I-10 westbound to Highway 6. Turn right on 6. Go to Clay Road and turn right again. Go to the street past the golf course and turn right. Pavilion #6 will be the last one on the left.

Cherokee Culture Course

"Cherokee Culture: History, Genealogy & Mythology"
A unique course for Houston offered by Deborah Scott and Marjorie Lowe, Cherokee Nation Certified Teachers

Saturday, March 31, 2001
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bellaire Park and Recreation Center
5125 Laurel, Bellaire, TX.

Exit 610, turn west on Bellaire, turn left on Rice Blvd, go two streets and turn right on Laurel

$30.00 for CCS members
$40.00 for nonmembers
$5.00 discount for seniors 55 and older

Contact: B.J. Callihan,

Mail registration to:
B.J. Callihan
11100 Braesridge, #604
Houston, 77071

(Register Soon! Registration is complete when payment is received. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.)

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