Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. | Cherokee, NC

How will Cherokee affect you?

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.

Monday, January 9 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Welcome to Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. Who wouldn’t want a piece of Cherokee art to take home?

Cherokee art curators and collectors, rejoice. If you’re seeking authentic Cherokee arts and crafts, you’ve come to the largest home for it east of the Mississippi. Be it weaponry, the decorative beauty of beadwork, the intricate skill of finger weaving, or the sublime self-expression of wood and stone carving, it’s here, waiting to go home with you.

Timeless beauty captured in shape and texture.

In our world of mass production, it’s a welcome sight to behold something beautifully handmade in Cherokee. As you touch the smooth wood of the dramatic masks used in traditional dance rituals or the cool clay of the wedding jugs, you are reminded of the power of your own hands. Remember? Your fingers can do a lot more than navigate an iPhone touch screen or flip channels on a remote control. No reality TV here; this is a refreshing reality of a time past, preserved and carried on in the hands of present-day Cherokee craftsmen. Founded in 1946 with the purpose of preserving and advancing Cherokee arts and crafts, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. is the oldest and leading Native American Arts cooperative in the United States.

When and where to enjoy Cherokee arts and crafts:

Season: Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Summer hours: (June–August): 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday.

Winter hours: (September–May): 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday. Closed Sundays in January and February.
 
Admission: Showroom and gallery are FREE and open to the public during business hours.
 
 


Location:

645 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Strawberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. 


Cherokee Customer Celebration

Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

We cordially invite you to the Cherokee Welcome Center on May 28, where we’ll be saying sgi, or "thank you" with Cherokee craftspeople, face painting, traditional dancing, clogging, authentic storytelling, and music. There wil be food trucks onsite for your enjoyment as well.

Admission to the event is free.

In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled to a later date.


Seven Clans Rodeo

Saturday, May 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The most fun you can have on four hooves.


The Seven Clans Rodeo is thundering across the prairies, over the Great Smokies, and riding into town for your entertainment. Sponsored by the Southern Rodeo Association, this is a big-money rodeo with professional cowboys competing for $1,200. 

Events include Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc riding, Bareback, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Tie Down Roping, and Bull Riding. It’s two days full of skills competitions and fun for everyone—unless you’re one of the riders holding on for dear life. 

Don’t miss it.

Tickets at the Wecome Center and Alan's Pawn & Jewelry:
Kids (3 years old and under): Free
Kids (4-11 years old): $8-10
Adults (12 years old+): $13-15


Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, May 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

May 28-30 and then Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, June 1–October 31, 2022.


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