The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 56
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Southwestern Hlistorical Quarterly
Akins, or over any one of several roads running westward from
Fort Smith, Arkansas, about twenty-five miles away.
The work relief project which provided a stone building enclosure
for the cabin was sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The project's total cost was $10,000. The sponsor's contribution
amounted to $1,722.
Rock for the structure was quarried from the nearby hills and
dressed and set by men from the county's relief rolls, a number
of whom were either full-blooded or half-breed Cherokees. The
cabin's enclosure was the culmination of an extended campaign
by citizens of the state interested in preserving Oklahoma's his-
toric relics. While work on the project was in progress wood
experts estimated the age of the roof's shingles at not less than a
hundred years. They found most of the cabin's hand-hewn roof
and floor beams in an excellent condition. Much of the wood
used in the cabin was native oak.
Cherokee Indians from most of Oklahoma's eastern counties
gathered at the cabin for formally scheduled dedication exercises
shortly before the completed project was turned over to the
Oklahoma Historical Society. A feature of these exercises was
the singing of a number of Cherokee folk songs by a group of
Cherokees dressed in picturesque native costumes.
Chief Sequoyah was born in 1770 and died in northwestern
Mexico near the Colorado river in 1841. His grave has never
been found despite many efforts to locate it and bring the re-
mains back to Oklahoma.
Another of the Works Progress Administration's historical
Indian activities in Oklahoma has been the construction of the
Osage Indian museum at Pawhuska. This museum recently has
been completed at a cost of $22,500. It will house one of the
most valuable Indian collections in the Southwest. The exhibits
are now being listed and in due time will be properly catalogued.
The museum contains a small auditorium.
A. W. vox STRUvE.
Works Progress Administration,
Washington, D. C.
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