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Oconaluftee Indian Village

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Address: 218 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC 28719
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+1 828-497-2111

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 walk through another time

My 11 year old son and I visited the Oconaluftee Indian Village after visiting the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. We got to see part of a performance of dancing while waiting for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

My 11 year old son and I visited the Oconaluftee Indian Village after visiting the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. We got to see part of a performance of dancing while waiting for our tour to begin. At the beginning of each dance, one of the performers would explain the meaning of the dance. The tour was great. There were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We went the second to last weekend that they were open in November. (Their dates of operation are clearly stated on their website.) I was not sure what to expect given the fact that it was late in the year and that, for our visit, it was a Friday afternoon. However, it was a fabulous experience. Our guide was incredibly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We really enjoyed the village and seeing how things were made years ago. The setting was beautiful and everyone was so friendly. We really enjoyed our visit

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Callahan, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Unfortunately drove from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC with the intentions of going to this great attraction, but drove there to find it is closed for the season. Unfortunately no where on this website is it listed that the village is only open May through October, we drove over today, November 21 to no avail.... I wish there had been... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Loved the information provided and the photo ops. Guides were super informative, and the dancing was lovely. Definitely make a stop if in the area. The little botanical/medicinal gardens hike is also worth doing, and doesn't seem to be very frequented by other visitors. Great for adults & kids alike.

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Visited at the end of October, but had limited hours even on Saturday, so we were unable to take the village tour. We hi,ed through the gardens which were peaceful and serene.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We visited the Cherokee Botanical Gardens (Indian Gardens) which are next to the ticket booth and are free. Nice, easy trail especially good if you only have a few minutes and want to get a taste of nature. We saw a flock of wild turkeys by the old cabin area and many of the native trees and plants are labeled.

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Muncie, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Ocanaluftee Indian Village was a great experience. The tours, the stories, the social dances, and the information sessions were so informative. I truly felt like I had stepped back in time. Learning about the Cherokee Indians and the way they lived was an amazing experience.

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Rockwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Stepping into this village, experiencing and learning about how the Cherokee people lived, survived, and interacted with their clans was so fascinating.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

It was a little expensive but it was worth it. We did not have much time and it was a beautiful day,so we chose to do this instead of the museum. I wish we had planned to spend a whole day in in Cherokee. There is so much to do. The reservation has Native Americans narrating the walk through. We... More 

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