Miss Cherokee candidates breakfast, from left, Chief Ross Swimmer, Neal Morton and LaVeda Lay. COMMUNICATIONS CENTER & THE CHEROKEE NATION NEWS
Reprinted from The Cherokee Nation News, Volume 9, Number 37
September 10, 1976
The 24th Annual Cherokee National Holiday scheduled for September 3, 4, and 5, 1976 was one to be long remembered. From the time that Arts and Crafts show opened Friday until the fire died out at the final stomp dance Sunday night there was a continual round of activities.
Six beautiful Cherokee girls competed for the title “Miss Cherokee” and presented their talents. Friday evening then followed by Gospel singing.
Early Saturday the candidates for “Miss Cherokee” and guests were honored with a breakfast sponsored by the Soroptimist Club and held at the NEOSU.
The downtown streets were lined early to view the parade, which was interesting and well received the welcome, invocation and memorial ceremony was given at the courthouse square and remainder of the program was held at the Tribal Complex area.
The golf tournament was off to an early start. Goodlow Proctor and Amon Baker reported a fine turnout. The rain caused the games to be stopped before completely finished but prizes were awarded. The softball tournament proved a big attraction and it was late when they finished.
All show and sales of Craft and exhibits were held in the Industrial or Blue building. Stands and exhibits from near and far were set up to display their crafts.
The address by Principal Chief Swimmer was one of welcome and of appreciation to be able to speak with so many Cherokees and explain the many things that are happening and that have been made possible for them through the many programs now offered. He spoke of his pride, to be serving as their chief, also in the progress and accomplishments they had made. He asked for their continued loyalty and support in the administration of the Cherokee People. Chief Swimmer gave a report on many projects that have been completed in his year of reign and of many now being implemented. He also gave a report on how the election for the council and Deputy Chief will be executed.
Chief Swimmer accepted the Redwood statue of Sequoyah, the work of David Villasenor, noted artist and sandpainter.
The statue was presented to the Cherokee Nation by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States and Chief Swimmer accepted the gift for the Cherokee Nation.
The Chief had the pleasure of crowning the young lady chose to wear the “Miss Cherokee” crown and cape for 1977 – Miss Cynthia Blackfox.
Large crowds enjoyed the World Champion Cornstalk Shoot, Indian Adult games and competition. The Indian car contest caused great amusement, it was a 1956 or ’57 brown Chevrolet station wagon in such a shape one wondered how it could run but it did. The winner 1st place was Ruth Osborn, 2nd Kenneth Foster and 3rd Gloria Sly.
The horseshoe pitch was won by Enoch Lamb and John Lamb of Rocky Ford. 2nd, Joe Clinton and Silas Lamb of Rocky Ford; 3rd, George Grasshopper of Hulbert and Ross Drywater of Tahlequah.
Indian Bow Competition: Indian Bow 1st Lymon Vann, Tahlequah, 2nd Hastings Shade, Hulbert. Modern Bow 1st George Dixon, Muskogee; 2nd, Tenis Stafford, Salina. Compound Bow: Tommy Biffle, Muskogee.
When lined up for the barbecue, the count run into thousands and what a feast it was!
The Indian stickball game was really an exciting battle. Someone asked, “Do they really try to kill each other?” When the official game was played, Cherokee, North Carolina team defeated the Cherokee Nation team.
The powwow was really enjoyed by all, the colorful costumes and shawls and the dancers keeping step with the drum made a beautiful picture. Ms. Gloria Matthews was Head Lady Dancer and Archie Mason was Head Man Dancer and did a fine job leading the dances.
Just to sum up the whole celebration it was a huge success and great time was had by all.