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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Indian Village Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
+1 866-554-4557
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Ranked #7 of 18 attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Owner description: A guided tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village; a replica of a 1750s Cherokee Village. See Cherokees making traditional trades using centuries old... more » Owner description: A guided tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village; a replica of a 1750s Cherokee Village. See Cherokees making traditional trades using centuries old techniques. The Village Square Grounds is a place of ceremony where you will learn about traditional songs and dance, our clan system and beliefs. Inside the Village Council House you will learn of our government, family and structure. We welcome you to our home. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It is the best part of my trip to Cherokee. The tour guide was great, and all the other guides in costumes are very knowledgeable. I was a little confused about which century the guides were talking about, as seems to bounce around times between 17th and 19th. We missed the tribal dance so would suggest to arrive early and... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We took our 8 year old daughter to the the village, it was well organized, and the staff were absolutely wonderful. There is a botanical and healing garden trail that takes you through an area of natural vegetation with signs to explain how the natives used each in their daily lives and for healing. We arrived just in time to... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The dancers and presenters were very good and we learned a lot. It was a little pricey but worth the education. We spent an entire afternoon here and the boys 11 & 9 had a good time.

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Clayton, North Carolina
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

As the tour guide led the group throughout the various demonstrations he explained everything and welcomed questions. The staff were all dressed in in the style of garments which were worn back in time including the males in which they wore their hair. My family and I enjoyed this attraction.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We started with a tour guide who takes you to the first six or so 'stops' on your tour of people demonstrating how items were made by hand such as finger weaving, beading, pottery, arrowhead making. The guide explained what was happening and asked for questions. All questions were thoroughly answered. Then we were free to wander the rest of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This mostly guided tour takes you around to view how the Cherokee made things from baskets to canoes. My little guy especially liked the blow dart gun. We learned about the seven different clans that made up a tribe. We also walked through their self-guided garden that was full of signs on every tree, bush or weed about what the... More

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Columbia, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

If you have never experienced a step back in time, this your chance. The village was set up to give enjoyable & informative tours of the true American Indian lifestyle. Also, a fantastic learning experience for school age children.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was a wonderful cultural experience. Cherokee Indians demonstrated how they made pottery, strung beads, wove baskets from wood strips and wove strips of mulberry bark into cloth, chipped arrowheads from stone and made the arrow itself. They performed a deer dance and a bear dance. They were also burning out the interior of a log to make a dugout... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Juse a little hard to get around for older people.We are in our seventys and had a hard time moving up and down the hills.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I wasn't sure I would be able to actually visit the Village due to my difficulty walking. However, I was pleasantly surprised that wheelchairs were available and one of the Guides pushed my chair during my entire visit. Very educational and watching the Indian crafts and dancing were fun! Thanks to Jared who helped me during my visit.

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