Cherokee, comes from a Creek word "Chelokee" meaning "people of a different
in their ancient homeland, the North Carolina Cherokee still compete in bowmanship and
blowgun contests, they play the ancient game of Indian Ball and participate in other
primitive games and dances that were begun centuries before the white man ventured into
A vivid reminder of what life was
like among the Cherokees 250 years ago is provided by Oconaluftee
Indian Village on the reservation. Meticulously recreated, the village contains the
structure of woven cane and clay used by the earliest Cherokees. Also here are
dirt-floored cabins introduced by white traders.
An outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, shown nightly from mid June through July depicts
the Cherokee Indian, Tsali, as he fights, runs, and finally ends up sacrificing his life
so that a handful of his people will be allowed to remain in the Great Smoky Mountains.
At the Indian
Museum in Cherokee is the largest collection of artifacts of the Cherokee nation.
Spear points on exhibit predate the bow and arrow by centuries, and the pottery is said to
been fashioned by an unknown people at least 10,000 years ago.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has nearly 12,000 enrolled members that live on the Qualla Boundary, a land area
comprised of 56,572 acres directly adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Eastern Band are descendants of those Cherokee who, in the late 1830s, remained in the
mountains of North Carolina rather than be forced to march along the infamous "Trail
of Tears" to Oklahoma.
The Cherokee Indian Reservation is
located on Highways 441 and 19 in the western most section of North Carolina. Also, don't
forget to visit the spectacular Mingo Falls and the Cherokee Bear
Zoo while in Cherokee.
For More Informationa Call: (800) 438-1601
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