The Oconaluftee Indian Village
you visit Cherokee, NC be sure to tour the Oconaluftee
Indian Village. While in Cherokee you will see many people
dressed in Native American clothing as you drive down the
main strip, however, they are not dressed like the traditional
Cherokee Indian. The best way to learn about the Cherokee
culture is at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Here in an
authentic re-creation of an 18th century Cherokee Indian
Community. While there, you will see American Indians and locals demonstrating
the ancient arts of basket weaving, pottery, and finger weaving
clothing articles and accessories. There is a seven sided
council house, archery and hunting demonstrations and the
plenty of opportunities for Q & A.
Also near the Village is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Here you can learn about the Cherokee heritage, history and culture. In front of the building is a 20 foot California Redwood statue of Sequoyah - the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet. The museum has an extensive collection of clothes, crafts, weapons and artifacts, as well as an art gallery, theatre and audiovisual displays.
Location: Just off Hwy. 441 in Cherokee
Open: Mid-May through October