Oconaluftee Indian Village

Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee: Hours, Address, Oconaluftee Indian Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Oconaluftee Indian Village
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Pat F
Indian Harbour Beach, FL13 contributions
Interactive Learning on the Cherokee Indians.
Oct 2021 • Couples
A great walking experience on the history, arts, crafts and culture of the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina both before and after European settlers came to the area. Definitely worth visiting but it is located on a hillside so those who are unsteady on uneven ground may have some challenges.
Written October 23, 2021
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Mobile81431
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Great experience for adults and children
Oct 2021 • Family
I took my 3rs grade class, and it was wonderful. The children said it was the best field trip yet. We learned some stories and about the original homes of the Cherokee people before we went, so it really impressed them to see the demonstrations in person.
Written October 23, 2021
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cygnetvol
Knoxville, TN41 contributions
Native American Heritage Experience
Oct 2021
We enjoyed the guided tour and craft demonstrations of life in the 16-th thru 18th centuries. The guides were local descendants of the Cherokee Indian tribe of Western North Carolina. They were pleasant, knowledgeable, and responded to our group's questions. They also have a craft store in town that has really talented artisans in wood-working, basket weaving, painting, pottery and more. What a unique experience and a great atmosphere to make the kids unplug and learn in a unique way.
Written October 21, 2021
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Charlotte Flore... B
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Dracula
Oct 2021 • Family
I took 4 teenage girls to watch the play. We all loved it and will be back for another Halloween Haunt. Amazing there were only 6 actors total. They did an amazing job. The begining of the play took you on a walk from the concession stand across the back of the amphitheater and down a path until you were able to be seated in the theater section. If you were in the back as you followed down along the path with 199 people it made it difficult.to hear and nearly impossible to see. Especially since we are all 5ft tall But overall we had a great time.
Beautiful night but cold on the mountain so be sure to bring a jacket and blanket. They offer snacks at a reasonable price. Women's bathroom has only 2 stalls so the line gets lengthy.
We saw Sleepy Hollow 2 years ago and loved it as well. Hopefully something new next fall.
Written October 18, 2021
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drpamluke
Myrtle Beach, SC1 contribution
Great play.
Oct 2021 • Family
Great show. The actors are wonderful. Just a little difficult to hear. I've seen "Unto these hills" and had no problem understanding the actors, but the Dracula actors' voices just didn't carry well. However, the rest of the play, props, story line were great.
Written October 17, 2021
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Stephen K
Durham, NC14 contributions
Perhaps good for very young kids with no previous exposure
Oct 2021 • Couples
I decided to give them an extra concessionary star due to Covid. Guided tour, about four stations showing various traditional handicrafts and an overall presentation by a man in somewhat traditional clothing in a ceremonial square.

Our guide was not particularly animated and seemed to have only cursory facts. It would have been more interesting if the ones working on their crafts could have spoken a bit. An orientation film might have also have prepared people better with traditional Indian musicians or even pre-recorded music for background atmosphere accompanying the tours. No signs to read for additional info. Probably hasn’t been updated much since the opening in 1954. Very little imagination went into this.

There is a lot of room for improvement and the $19 admission does not justify the minimal effort they have expended. The day we visited, our tour group had perhaps eight people. If the operators could visit similar presentations in other places, they could see how really basic the experience is.

I couldn’t highly recommend at that price. Maybe the value point is $7-8.
Written October 17, 2021
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Kimberly W
3 contributions
Indian Reservation, a success story
Oct 2021 • Couples
My husband and I toured the Indian Village and also attended the Dracula performance. Both were great experiences. The Indian Village was very informative with alot of various skills performed as we watched and were given great details of the history of the Cherokee Indians. The Dracula performance was amazing. The actors didn't skip a beat and were absolutely fabulous. I'd definitely recommend both events. Thanks so much for a great first day of our trip.
Written October 16, 2021
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CLAIRE D
1 contribution
Dracula 2021 Valiant acting effort but several unfortunate issues
Oct 2021
All the plays we've seen here before were awesome, however this time a "miss" -- playgoers forced to walk in darkness to the woods where a scene was played and nobody could hear well or see well (and one lady fell on the walk). The actors were not given microphones and they had to shout to be heard, and it wasn't appropriate to be seated close to the stage in order to hear due to COVID/masking. The actors did the best they could. Please in future -- "mike" the actors, don't force a woodland walk in the dark, let us take our seats in the lovely amphitheater upon arrival. Please continue to offer plays in the Autumn in addition to the usual "Unto These Hills" in the Summer.
Written October 15, 2021
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Tre M
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Dracula was awesome!
Oct 2021
I saw Dracula and it did not disappoint. Every performance was great and it made for a very entertaining night. The special effects and fight scenes were really fun and the actors did an amazing job. Thank you so much to the actors and everyone behind the scenes for a great couple of hours.
Written October 13, 2021
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Alisa F
Dacula, GA5 contributions
Dracula, a must see! Incredible performance. We were npleasantly surprised.
Oct 2021 • Couples
We attended the new Dracula theatrical production. It was fantastic!!! The performers were top notch. We would highly recommend the show.
Written October 10, 2021
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  • Tue - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM