After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation - Graduate School

After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

The exhibit, After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation, has been available at the Gilcrease Museum since late August and will continue until the end of January 2018. It explores the Cherokee Indians throughout the 19th century, displaying their achievements in creating government institutions and the Cherokee Writing System in the 1820s. Even though they had made considerable advancements, the federal government was still adamant on removing the Indian tribes from their lands. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, forcing the relocation of over 46,000 Native Americans from their homes. Many perished during their forced removal, creating animosity towards the federal government.

Not only does this exhibit go into detail with what Native Americans were subject to, it also shows how life was after they arrived in present-day Oklahoma and the creation of the 1846 Treaty with the Cherokees. After its establishment, the Cherokees began to create their own school system, a government, and even a newspaper. This exhibit goes through years of Cherokee history, while displaying breathtaking artifacts and interactive areas where you can even practice writing Sequoyah syllabary. The flow from room-to-room allows the visitor to go through the exhibit with ease while watching history unfold. What I personally thought was interesting was not only some of the beaded works they displayed, but the inviting green color on the walls! This exhibit is genuinely superb– a must see while it is open to the public.

Cherokee Hunting Coat

Talking Leaves, an area where visitors can practice the Sequoyah syllabary


1838, Muster roll of John Benge detachment
Cherokee National Insane Asylum
Mary Ross, 1848
China from Rose Cottage
Cherokee Bandolier Bag