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The Museum of the Cherokee People tells the story of the Cherokee people and sets the scene for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Here the Cherokee community presents its perspective on its own history and culture. Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, about 50 miles from Asheville, the museum's impressive exhibits takes you from 11,000 years ago to the present.

Museum of the Cherokee

Cherokee people were involved in creating the exhibit: elders as well as scholars consulted on the script; life size figures were created from full-body casts of local people; and many of the voices in the audio portions of the exhibit come from tribal members. The award-winning exhibit combines artifacts with interactive technology, special effects, and colorful graphics.

 

Cherokee Artist

On many days, visit with Cherokee artists as they demonstrate their craft.

Warriors of AniKituhwa Cherokee

Warriors of AniKituhwa dance group travels across the country as cultural ambassadors to teach social and war dances and share the Cherokee language and history. See them in Cherokee during many festivals including the Cherokee Voices Festival at the museum (2nd Saturday in June) and Indian Fair (early October).

For more on Cherokee heritage, see Unto These Hills drama and tour the nearby Oconaluftee Indian Village.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee People is open daily, 9 AM-5 PM year-round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 

Address: 589 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. For more, go to the Museum of the Cherokee People Web site.

Qualla Arts Co-Op

Qualla Arts and Crafts Co-Op

Next door to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is the Qualla Arts and Crafts Co-op with the best quality crafts, hand-made with natural materials by Cherokee people since 1946. Find and buy meticulously made baskets, pottery, woodcarving, bead work, jewelry, dolls, blowguns, and other items. Profits are shared with 200+ co-op members, who must be enrolled in the Eastern Band. An exhibit room provides information on crafts traditions through displays of materials, photographs of the process of creation, and examples of work. The Qualla Co-op is open 7 days/week year-round, closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Free admission. 645 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee

Cherokee is just 52 miles from Asheville via I-40 West to Exit 27, then U.S. 19 to U.S. 441 in Cherokee (Just over an hour's drive).

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