Cherokee Indian Village and Museum
The Cherokee have called the Smoky Mountain region home for thousands of years. You can experience the Cherokee’s rich history and culture by visiting the Cherokee Cultural District in Cherokee, North Carolina.
Visitors can immerse themselves in the triumphant story of the Cherokee People by traveling to Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Unto These Hills Outdoor Theater, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village.
The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a living history site that focuses on 18th Century Cherokee life where you can stroll through this recreated Cherokee Village to see what life was like before the Cherokee world drastically changed. Guests are invited to experience the village at their own pace, so they may appreciate the beautiful Smoky Mountain vistas. Visitors can take self-guided tours to explore the historic events of the 1760’s, and can interact with Cherokee villagers as they conduct their daily activities.
The Village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and hands-on Cherokee pottery classes for kids. The Unto These Hills Outdoor Theatre teaches Cherokee history from the introduction of the White settlers to the tragic Trail of Tears, until today. The Village has concessions and picnic areas for guests to relax and have lunch.
The Museum of the Cherokee is a favorite amongst guests who delight in discovering centuries old artifacts, collections of written and oral histories, and interactive displays that explore Cherokee history and culture. Master Cherokee artists display their exquisite work at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual where guests may purchase sophisticated carvings, drawings, and weaving based on centuries old techniques.
The Cherokee Village and Museum is a great day trip for the entire family, and the Cherokee offer a unique glimpse into the rich culture and historical perspective of our country’s most important national treasures.