Cherokee and the corresponding Oconalufte Village/Outdoor Drama are well worth a couple of days. Our family has been here at least three times now, and we will be back, I'm sure!
Oconalufte Village is a great way to be immersed in history, and the Cherokee People seem to do it better every year. It's an interactive walk through the village with crafters and artisans around every corner. You can blow a dart gun, learn about bead work or loom work, and watch as a canoe is carved with a hatched and small fire. Throughout the village now, there is dramatic storytelling, the remembering of the history of the Tsalagi People. The only real drawback for us was that the storytelling didn't come quickly enough as we walked through the village.
As for the drama, it's obviously staged and, well, dramatic, but it also tells the story of the Trail of Tears and brings into the story historical figures of the time, such as Tecumseh, who comes to the Cherokee asking for solidarity against the colonists. It does help to be familiar with Tsalagi history prior to seeing the drama, but if you aren't you should come away with a better understanding.
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