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Address: Indian Village Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: +1 866-554-4557
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Description: A guided tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village; a replica of a 1750s...
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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Cultural visit with 9/11 year old boys

We learned alot about cultural norms of the Cherokee. The lectures on the square / council about the clans were especially interesting. It's a large place with full sized replicas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Sterling, VA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We learned alot about cultural norms of the Cherokee. The lectures on the square / council about the clans were especially interesting. It's a large place with full sized replicas of everything. We left with a fuller appreciation for the plight of the Cherokee. The natural setting added to the ambiance making it feel authentic. Spent 3 hours and kids... More 

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Oak Ridge,TN
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Such a great experience for our whole family. We learned so much during our tour from bead work, basket weaving, canoe making, pottery, weapons and tribal dances. My 8 year old has not stopped talking about what she has learned. I caught her dancing in her room once we got home with her headpiece and banging the drum singing the... More 

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Israel
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A bit like in South Dakota. No real Indians around except some phonies doing all type of pseudo Indian shows to the tourists. Lot of souvenirs and a thin layer of sadness seems to be floating above.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It would have cost our group of four an arm and a leg -- it was $18.40 per person. We just felt that it was too much money to spend walking through a "pretend" Indian village. Might have liked to walk through but not for that cost.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Ocunaluftee Village is in Cherokee, NC, which is tucked away in a hidden valley in the Great Smokey Mountains. This is where some Cherokee retreated after most were forcibly moved west by President Jackson’s Indian removal policy. The village portrays Cherokee life from about the year 1800, centuries after Cherokees made contacts with and were influenced by euro-american settlers,... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is a very well thought out and well presented depiction of the Cherokee Nation crafts and early living conditions. All of the staff members are passionate about showing us their skills and their heritage, whether it is with blow-pipe! bead-work or dancing. Thoroughly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A surprisingly good and enjoyable insight into the life of the Cherokee. Our kids, aged 7 and 9, really enjoyed learning about the different activites, dances, and politics of the Cherokee people. They were encouraged to ask questions and participate in demonstrations. It definitely gave us a new perspective and was worth a visit. Just as a heads up- the... More 

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UTHOIV, General Manager at Oconaluftee Indian Village, responded to this review

Kiristie W., Thank you for your review of our village. I would love to know what you felt was wrong with our gift shop so we could better serve our patrons. Thank you, More 

Elon College, North Carolina
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127 reviews 127 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I go to Cherokee a couple of times a year and we really enjoyed touring this village. The Cherokee's are always very approachable and seem to take pride in educating their visitors. I tend to ask a lot of questions, and I always get a thorough answer. On this visit we spoke extensively with several Cherokee's and... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was my favorite stop on a week long vacation to Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. My tour guide was very knowledgable and I really enjoyed all the demonstrations on how the Native Americans lived back then

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Here you can learn the real story of the Cherokee from the people. The village includes several demonstrations to include mask making, making items with beads, ceramics, weapons, and canoe making. There are several buildings built in the 1700's style, as well as a council house where they put on a play that includes discussions about interactions with the British,... More 

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UTHOIV, General Manager at Oconaluftee Indian Village, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. Come visit us again soon. Sgi, More 

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