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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Indian Village Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
+1 866-554-4557
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Owner description: A guided tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village; a replica of a 1750s Cherokee Village. See...
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I've thought about this review for a while. After reading several other reviews, I feel it necessary to explain my five star rating. Our son is adopted and his birth mom is Native American, not Cherokee but still Native American. This village is the closest opportunity we have to expose him to anything close to his heritage. He is six... More 

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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Absolutely fabulous! Wonderful cultural presentations by participants and group guides. Authentic. Lovely gift shop.

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Miami
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is essentially a theme park where you follow a guide from one stall to another as she explains Cherokee culture and art. The guide we had was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I especially enjoyed the sincerity and earnestness of the actors throughout the village. The demonstrators knew their history and culture well and were willing to share it. We had two boys with us and both enjoyed the visit. Especially, the fight scene got their attention. Thank you for all the hard work that has obviously been devoted by many to... More 

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Columbus, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

this has been thee best place ive visited in america. it had a lot of interesting history and artifacts in the ancient village.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Nice walk, nice guide, nice dancers, overall worth the money, the kids loved the place and so did we.

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

We visited on the day the Cherokee started their Fall Festival so the Village closed early. We were told we wouldn't be rushed through but we were. Most of the demonstrators had left by the time we got halfway through the tour. The gift shop and snack bar closed early also. My 5 year old would have loved it more... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I loved that they took you around and explained many of their crafts, how things were made and used. The tour guide was very helpful and explained all the exhibits well. Many things to see that were being fashioned or made as you watched. They also perform dances for you while you're there.

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Orlando
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13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Experience LIVING history! For a more authentic experience, actually use the tools of ancient times. For instance, a bone needle rather than steel. Employees should NOT complain about management and funding to visitors. The web site needs to be kept current. It stated the village was CLOSED the week we actually visited. Still, I would definitely recommend this stop to... More 

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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Although it had been raining that morning, we had a great time at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, NC! We were guided by a knowledgeable Indian descendant in full costume, and saw pottery being fashioned, bead work on vestures, basket weaving and dying, dart guns for hunting game being demonstrated, and best of all, the traditional Cherokee Indian dances... More 

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