Cherokee delegation to commemorate ‘Emissaries of Peace’ London trip of 1762
A Cherokee delegation will mark the 250th anniversary of the "Emissaries of Peace" journey to London in 1762 with a group tour on June 15-23, 2012, led by representatives from the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Together, the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes are representing their people as ambassadors of goodwill similar to the "Emissaries of Peace" trip more than 250 years ago. The Cherokee Nation delegation consists of Jack Baker, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor; Elizabeth Bird, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians; and Phyllis Ashenfelter and B. Lynne Harlan, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Long before the Revolutionary War, the Cherokee Nation was a valued trading partner and important political ally with Great Britain. That mutual bond was dissolved during the French and Indian War and led to a three-year conflict between the British and the Cherokees. In November 1761 the Treaty of Long Island resulted in peace between the two nations. That December, Junior Officer Ensign Henry Timberlake arrived at the Cherokee Nation capital, present-day Monroe County, Tennessee, and spent several months with the Cherokee people.
In May 1762, the "Emissaries of Peace" led by Ostenaco and including Cherokee leaders Cunne Shote and Woyi, persuaded Timberlake to escort them to London, where they met with King George III. At the meeting, Ostenaco declared his wish for peace and loyalty to the King.
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In June 2012, the Cherokee delegation will travel the long journey from Oklahoma and North Carolina to London and explore historic sites along the way including Plymouth, Exeter Cathedral, Wilton House, home of 18th Earl of Pembroke, 15th Earl of Montgomery, Stonehenge, Egremont House in Piccadilly Circus, Suffolk Street, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, St. James Palace, Green Park, St. Paul's Cathedral, Mansion House, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Houses of Parliament, among other sites.
"The 'Emissaries of Peace' tour retraces the journey of British Lt. Henry Timberlake and three Cherokee chiefs in 1762 to meet King George III to cement peace between the two nations. With 10 treaties signed over 62 years with Great Britain, from 1721-1783, the Cherokee Nation continues to maintain a longstanding international government-to-government relationship with this foreign ally," said Cathy Monholland, Cherokee Nation historian. "This trip also unifies the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes in their journey to commemorate this sestercentennial event."
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program presents four award-winning group tours each season including the Cherokee History Tour, Will Rogers History Tour, Civil War History Tour and Cherokee Old Settler Tour featuring authentic cultural sites and historic locations.
Specialty and event related cultural tours are also presented during the season. The event related tours feature a unique, cultural-filled itinerary that showcase Cherokee-focused events such as the Cherokee National Holiday.
For complete tour details and additional information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.
About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is managed by Cherokee Nation Entertainment and was created in 2007 to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include award winning cultural, specialty and event tours; operation of three Cherokee Nation museums, six Cherokee Nation Gift Shops and two Cherokee Nation Welcome Centers. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.
About Cherokee Nation Entertainment
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Entertainment operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, seven Cherokee Casinos, four hotels, two golf courses and many other retail operations in northeastern Oklahoma. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeStarRewards.com.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people. It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Okla. Employing more than 8,200 people, Cherokee Nation's annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.3 billion. To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.