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selecttraveler.com 63 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Tahlequah, Oklahoma Tucked away in the Oklahoma foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah takes visitors back to 1710. Native Americans dressed in traditional garb showcase ancient games and crafts in a re-created outdoor village. After wandering the village and watching demonstrations such as f lint knapping and blowgun-making, groups can choose among a few Native American crafts. The most popular group activity is basketweaving. "For a lot of guests, this is their first experience with Native American culture," said Candessa Tehee, executive director of the center. "To work on a basket alongside a Cherokee instructor educates them about the culture and tradition through its making, and the object serves as a reminder of their time on campus." Cherokee basketry dates back thousands of years. Women wove cane, white oak, hickory bark and honeysuckle into the main source of storage. The baskets were also used as strainers, for hunting and fishing and as bassinets of sorts. Visitors make a traditional double-walled round reed basket. Center guides prepare the first wall ahead of time, and groups finish the baskets by weaving the reed around the spokes to create the outer portion. The process takes roughly an hour. Courtesy Crater of Diamonds State Park Visitors can find and keep dia- monds at Arkansasí Crater of Diamonds State Park. #SeeOKC OKC-ing is believing. From whatever direction your tour approaches OKC, you'll fi nd the intersection of I-44, I-40, I-35 and Route 66 is a modern metropolis with loads of group-friendly attractions like the Bricktown Canal, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. If OKC isn't already on your list, it's time to stop and OKC what you've been missing. Learn more at /GROUPS Jay Smith, President, Sports Travel and Tours

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