Cherokee history isn’t musty and mothball covered. In Oconaluftee Indian Village, it’s alive, well, and amazing.
As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. You won’t need your robotic-voiced GPS here. The faint tang of wood smoke wafts by as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Delight in cultural dances amid the swaying oaks and sycamores. As you wander, interact with villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, and fashion beadwork. Watch as a village prepares for war. Hear the sounds of an authentic stickball game. Be amazed by a blowgun demonstration. Oconaluftee Indian Village is much more than just a place; it’s living history. And for the moment, you are living it.
Hours of Operation
Open from May 1, 2014 until October 18, 2014
Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with tours every 15 minutes except from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The last tour is given at 4:00 p.m. Oconaluftee Indian Village is closed on Sunday.
Arts and crafts classes for children are held daily Monday through Saturday. Check with the box office for times and prices.
Oconaluftee Indian Village is located at 218 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC.