Cherokee, North Carolina is the home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and the traditional homeland for the Cherokee people for thousands of years. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee offers students an opportunity to experience Cherokee culture and enjoy mountain living at it's finest. The Cherokee Historical Association has over 50 years experience in proving students with an opportunity to learn the traditions of every day life as they step back in time at the Oconaluftee Indian Villiage. The Villiage is a re- creation of an 18th century Cherokee villiage which teaches the art and heritage of the Cherokee people through the craft tradition. Nightly throughout the summer, the Mountainside Theatre features Unto These Hills, a dramatic protrayal of Cherokee history and dance performance. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian uses technology to enhance the major exhibitions of the Cherokee art and artifact. If you want a piece of Cherokee culture for your home the Qualla arts and Crafts cooperative, the nation's oldest Native American artists cooperative, features the tribes finest art including basketry, pottery, finger weaving, beadwork and wood work. The Great Smokies also offers magnificent waterfalls and vistas, hiking and biking trails, trout fishing and rafting, camping and log cabin rentals and even a simple picnic table beside the Oconaluftee River.
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