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Qualla Open Air Indian Art Market

On August 29th, from 9 am to 4 pm, the 13th annual Open Air Indian Art Market will be held outside Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. Visitors can meet some of the member artists, shop their wares, and enjoy live craft demos including beadwork, woodwork, stone carving, jewelry making, basket weaving, and pottery. There will also be live  music during the day, and traditional Cherokee dinners for sale made by members of the North American Indian Women's Association (NAIWA). The event is free and open to the public.

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See Unto These Hills, Under the Stars

There's still time to catch Unto These Hills before the season finale on August 15th. Reserve your tickets today and watch the drama unfold under the stars in the historic Mountainside Theater. Since 1950, over 6 million people have seen the performance, which is one of the most beloved attractions in Cherokee. Unto These Hills follows the story of the Cherokee up through the Trail of Tears, in a stirring performance that combines song, dance, and plenty of action. Mike Crowe, who has acted in the drama for the last 10 seasons, says it's more than a performance, it's a calling. Read on to find out why. 

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Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby: Free for Kids Ages 3 to 11

A free fishing event for children ages 3 to 11! Enjoy a weekend of fun in the sun with the kids--the biggest catches get the biggest prizes, worth up to $20,000. Friday, July 31, is pre-registration and kids get free bait, hooks, sinkers, a fishing pole, and a free T-shirt and hat. At the derby, August 1st, registered children can catch up to five fish apiece to take home. The weekend is jam-packed with fun activities including a zip line, selfie station, 40-foot obstacle course, inflatables, educational programs, and more. Make memories and new friends--you don't want to miss it! 

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A Parade of Color: Cherokee’s 40th Annual Powwow, 4th of July Weekend

A visit to Cherokee's 40th Annual Powwow is like coming home. Thousands attend the annual powwow to enjoy the excitement and tradition featuring spectacular dance performances, traditional arts and crafts, live music, special events, tribal foods, amazing fireworks, and more. World championship dancers compete in full regalia for a chance to win over $60,000 in prize money. See for yourself why this event is described as a "parade of color."

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Cherokee Wins Certificates of Excellence

The 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence has been awarded to Unto These Hills, one of the longest running outdoor dramas in the U.S., which has entertained more than six million people since 1950, and to the Oconaluftee Indian Village, marking the third time they've received this distinction.  

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