Located on the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains, in the town of Cherokee, Oconaluftee Cherokee Village is an open-air museum, showcasing the life of the Cherokee people.
If coming from the Tennessee side, the best way to get there, is by driving through Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Then follow signs, and get directions, to find the Cherokee village.
The Cherokees are a Native American tribe that are indigenous to the Southeastern US, which would include Tennessee and North Carolina, the Smoky Mountains area.
The attraction can only be seen on a guided tour, which take place every 15 minutes during certain times of the day. That can be a problem, as there can be congestion, and the tour may stall at times, until the group ahead of yours, moves on to the next spot.
But that is a minor flaw, as the tour itself, is really interesting, as it gives a glimpse into a Cherokee reservation. There are different booths, where different crafts are shown, like basket making and woodcarving. Plus a few other things, like inside a cabin.
Towards the end, the tour group goes inside the council house, where another guide gives background of the place and addresses some of the stereotypes of Native Americans. I written some of those in the blog entry, so if interested, you can read them there.
Very interesting and informative, as well as some of the crafts are really nice to look at. Though admission is on the pricey side, this place is definitely worth checking out for any visitor to the Smokies, and interested in learning a bit more about the Cherokees. And not too far from the park entrance on the North Carolina side, so it's not really out of the way.
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