TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Heritage Center officials are celebrating from 10-11 a.m. on Mon., June 3, the grand opening of Diligwa, a new village portraying the most authentic Cherokee experience based on life in the early 1700s.

Diligwa replaces the Ancient Village, which opened in 1967 and was originally designed as an interpretive area to showcase Cherokee daily life prior to European contact. The new village is a more accurate representation of the past due to the resources available today and more in-depth research.

The new village provides visitors the chance to experience Cherokee life in the early 18th century and features 19 wattle and daub structures, numerous interpretive stations, and a detailed historic landscape set on four acres of land adjacent to the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Diligwa includes eight residential sites, each with a Cherokee summer house and winter house, which will soon feature a corn crib, a “kitchen garden” and additional landscaping. The public complex consists of the primary council house and summer council pavilion overlooking a large plaza that served as the center of community activity.

In addition, two recreation areas featuring a marble field and stickball field will showcase the Cherokee games that are still played today.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451. It is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. For information on the 2013 season events, operating hours and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007 or visit www.CherokeeHeritage.org. It can also be found on Facebook by searching “Cherokee Heritage Center.”