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“Immerse yourself.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cherokee Indian Reservation

Cherokee Indian Reservation
398 US Highway 441, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-2111
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Cherokee
Type: Reservations, Cultural
Activities: Fishing, Gambling, Shopping
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Owner description: Located adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway, this is home to more than 12,500 members of the Cherokee Indian nation.
Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Immerse yourself.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

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.

Visited June 2014
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morrow ohio
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“A good time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A must do if you are near. The displays were very interesting and the people were very knowledgeable about their past. A must do for all.

Visited July 2014
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Kentucky
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Nice little place to get away from the busyness and money spending of Gatlinburg for awhile. My children enjoyed seeing the Indians. And the nice little picnic area where you can play or go tubing in the water.

Visited July 2014
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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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“EXCELLENT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Cherokee Indian Reservation is full of Indian culture from the time you enter the boundary until you leave. If you like walking and shopping, you will love Cherokee for its shops on both sides of the streets through the entire town. Don't miss the chance to explore this wonderful culture.

Visited July 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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“Indepth Cherokee led tour...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was what I traveled to Asheville to see with a friend who was more interested in the Biltmore. After visiting the Reservation, she herself was really glad I suggested that we take the nearly one hour drive. The ride was also lovely especially since the leaves were just starting to turn, but I digress.
The Reservation was really authentic some of it is still used for a meeting place & making items that are legitimately Cherokee not manufactured. These items are for sale too.
During the tour, photo opportunities were welcome. The Cherokee people were amiable & helpful.
Their stories & history, folk music & dancing exhibit, explanation of their tribal form of governing from the beginning until the present was extraordinary. It was a time of joy & also there were times of mutual sharing that were very moving.
If you are in the area, it is well worth the visit. Enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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