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Oconaluftee Indian Village

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Address: 218 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 828.497.2111
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A guided tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village; a replica of a 1750s...

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.

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A Must See in Cherokee!

We thoroughly enjoyed this well laid out and informative village; the people could not have been more welcoming and the tour guide Rita was extremely helpful and knoledgable, as... read more

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Sonia T
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Hope, Maine
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Hope, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this well laid out and informative village; the people could not have been more welcoming and the tour guide Rita was extremely helpful and knoledgable, as were the people giving demonstrations. We watched native people beading, finishing hand-built pottery, basket weaving, etc. We even experienced a native constructing a blow dart and then giving a demonstration of... More 

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Eastern NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I got to the village after a full day of the Museum and other places in Cherokee, but did not feel that I was being rushed through the Village at all. There was a dance due to start in a few minutes, so went to the dance ground to watch. After the dancers had finished, those who had not had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the cherokee village Lots of demonstrations. Very educational on how the Cherokees lived. Great place to take kids.

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Thank Renae B
Charlotte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I took the guided tour of teh Oconaluftee Indian Village with the hope of learning more about the Cherokee history. I hope were met and more. Sheldon our guide led us through several points where Cherokee crafts were being done by experts. Questions were answered fully and a wonderful sense of the Cherokee heritage was given. After... More 

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Thank Tom M
Burns, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Thought the younger generation was very disrespectful to the culture, when they preformed they were laughing and kidding around, we would not recommend this at this time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to see and learn about Cherokee way of life and tools they made and places they lived. Watch native dances and join in.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour around the village was interesting as was the talk about the Cherokee tribe and the seven clans. What let the afternoon down was the dancing.....some of the dancers obviously didn't want to take part ...and goodness didn't it show.....and others behaved liked silly high school giggly kids. There was one guy with long hair leading the dancing and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I guess after reading the reviews, I had a bit of too high expectations for this place. It started with a guided tour with stops where native Cherokee did crafts and it was explained how they made them. The guide was knowledgeable, but most of what I learned was from the questions that others (and myself) asked. Still, it was... More 

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Lilburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great experience. ...very educational and entertaining. I would love to bring our granddaughters.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A working village filled with Cherokee people willing to demonstrate their crafts. You will see finger weaving and beadwork and have a chance to purchase pieces made on the spot. There is a pottery demonstration and a blowgun too. In the amphitheater you will watch several dances and perhaps even take part. There are buildings to explore to learn how... More 

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