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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Indian Village Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
+1 866-554-4557
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Ranked #7 of 17 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This village is worth a visit once, especially with elementary school aged children. The guides that walk you through a portion of the village are very nice and share their knowledge with the groups. Some workers gave the impression that it is a daily monotonous job and were unenthusiastic, but children may not pick up on this. The price is... More

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Metairie, LA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The guided tour portion is somewhat interesting, but nothing great. Most interesting are the examples of houses from different eras. Everyone is very helpful and willing to give information about the life of the Cherokees.

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Rockville, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The price is steep for this "authentic" village. While it was neat to see some crafts such as basket weaving, arrowhead knapping, beading, etc., there was not a lot of detailed information presented, and many of the folks who were part of the exhibits seemed absolutely miserable to be there. The good: -there were a couple of great exhibitors who... More

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Don't miss the chance to walk through the village. Not only are the guides friendly and informative, they help visitors appreciate each section of the village. Information is abundant here if you take the time to watch and listen.

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Allow plenty of time to see it all, very informative, Lots to take in and loaded with history.free parking.

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Madison, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A great learning experience for our children! Each had just studied what happened to the Native Americans throughout American history in school so the timing of the visit was perfect! They paid close attention as we visited each demonstration showing how the Cherokee made weapons, pottery, jewelry and tools. The guide was great and the workers were authentic and nice.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were not thrilled with our experience. If you are going to recreate a real Indian village, one of your exhibits should not have someone with a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt on and the staff belongs should not be in plain view - the lady working on the beads had her purse next to her with her cigarettes on top. This... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A very interesting cultural and educational attraction. We took our kids ages 6-9 so they could learn about the Cherokee. The first thing you do after entering the village is take 30 minute guided tour. Our guide, Jasper, was knowledgeable and showed a deep appreciation for the history and way of life of the Cherokee. At the end of the... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Unfortunately we missed this experience. We drove over to Cherokee for the day and were hoping to go through the village before the drama. We had difficulty getting enough information and found out too late that the village closed at 5pm and you had to be there by 4pm to start the tour. We arrived a little over five minutes... More

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Jesup, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My family and I recently visited the village. It was very interesting. The first part of the tour is guided. Our guide Jasper, who was fantastic, took us through five "stations" where we learned about traditional Cherokee life. We saw weaving, pot making, weaponry, and others. We saw actual people making these goods. It was very nice to see that... More

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