- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation is unveiling a life-size exhibit showcasing Cherokee life prior to the Trail of Tears at one of its casinos in eastern Oklahoma.

The exhibit at the Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs depicts a husband and wife from the late 1790s to the early 1800s in a Cherokee homestead.

The exhibit, called Deep Creek, is named after a location in North Carolina where many Cherokee towns and homes once prospered prior to the Cherokees removal to present-day Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker says the exhibit will add to the overall experience of West Siloam Springs. He says the display will give people a realistic feel for what life was like for tribal members’ Cherokee ancestors.

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