Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee

Oconaluftee Indian Village showcases the history of the Cherokee people and the impact that European settlers had on custom and culture. Surrounded by tall oaks and sycamores, this 1760s style living-history village is accessible through snaking paths. You can tour the dwellings, sacred areas, and work sites. Be prepared to encounter townspeople and craftspeople who have stories to tell. You'll learn about traditional medicine-making and interact with craftspeople as they hull canoes. Witness the village prepare for war, and see a blowgun demonstration. You'll have the opportunity to observe cultural dances and talk with the townspeople as they make pottery and masks, do beadwork, and weave baskets. Work out when and for how long to visit Oconaluftee Indian Village and other Cherokee attractions using our handy Cherokee driving holiday planner .
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  • September 28, 2017
    This is a guided tour threw the old village. It was very interesting, learned a lot about Cherokee Indians. I recommend this for everyone.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    We loved this visit! It was eye opening to hear the truth about Cherokee History. We would recommend this to everyone!  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    This was our first visit to an indian village. It was very good an informative. You are greeted by a Cherokee guide​ who gives a welcome talk and then takes you through the village explaining all the ...  more »

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Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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