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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Indian Village Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
+1 866-554-4557
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Ranked #6 of 19 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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Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must if your visiting Cherokee. It is a live demonstration of how the Indians lived and made things, including baskets, belts and shirts, spears, arrow heads and canoes . Also a couple of Indian houses made the original way. Every 30 minutes or so there is an seating area where they will ask you to gather and... More

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Mornington Peninsula
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This place is very informative and organized. We had Jasper as our tour guide and boy was he good. I think tour was to be half an hour I am sure we had an hour. We saw many crafts being performed and also went to lectures on the many clans and councils. Also there was a demonstration of their different... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We loved this place. You get to walk around and watch and discuss with people who are making arrowheads, baskets, pottery, and so much more. They sell the stuff they make in their gift shop. They gave two different 30 min. informative lectures about the clan systems. They also performed 3 or 4 dances. We spent several hours there and... More

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Parking is good but on a hill. Nature walk would be difficult for a wheel chair, but may be possible for part of the location. We learned a lot and wished we had more time to stay. Visited October 2013. The staff there was friendly and I liked the gift shop there.

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Mertztown, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was a pricey attraction for what was there. We were disappointed. The only thing we enjoyed was the lecture at the council chamber.

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louisville
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A look at the past in a really cool way. As you go on your guided tour you see the way they lived years ago. There are natives making there crafts and they share there knowledge with you. They are keeping there heraitage alive and there traditions going. After the guided tour you go into traditional dwellings where more information... More

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Scottsdale, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very open and friendly tribal members. They really want you to understand their culture and history. It's a very large facility. There were a lot of people there but we never felt crowded.

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Lexington, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Great place to learn about the native culture. Got to see several native dances and how the indians made their pottery, arrow heads, blow guns, and weaving. The guide was very informative. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes! Also got to see a demonstration of using a blowgun. Very impressed with their accuracy.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A guide takes you through the village stopping at various venues to watch demonstrations of old skills from basket weaving to pottery to weaponry all explained by the guide or the men and women practicing their skills. After you have taken the tour you can look around at your own pace and have a chat with the locals. Very interesting... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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