The mission of the
Museum of the Cherokee Indian, located on the Cherokee Indian
Reservation, is "to perpetuate the history, culture, and
stories of the Cherokee people". To accomplish this mission, the museum maintains
a permanent exhibit, extensive artifact collection, archives, education
programs, artist series, and a gift shop.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian opened in 1948 and moved to its
present facility in 1976. Its exhibit was totally renovated in 1998, when a new
12,000-square-foot exhibit was installed. The museum has helped to revitalize
the stamped pottery tradition by creating and working with the Cherokee Potters
Guild and traditional dance by sponsoring the Warriors of AniKituhwa;
traditional 18th century Cherokee dress; feather capes; and language.
There are a number of permanent exhibits in the museum, including
some that combine state of the art computer-generated imagery, special effects
and audio with an extensive artifact collection.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Distance: 1-11/2 hours from Asheville
Address: 589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee, NC 28719
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round except for Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Allow: 2-3 hours
Fees: Adult and child rates
Oconaluftee Indian Village,
Great Smoky Mountains
Unto These Hills,
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual
Directions: From Asheville take Interstate 40 west to exit 27 (Hwy. 74),
and travel west on Hwy. 74 to Exit 74 (the Cherokee/Great Smoky Mountains
National Park exit). Bear right on Exit 74 and proceed approximately five miles
on Hwy. 441 N to the fourth traffic light. Turn right and proceed about a half
mile to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Hwy. 441 N/Tsali Boulevard..
Proceed .6 mile to the next traffic light (intersection of Hwy. 441/Tsali
Boulevard and Drama Road). Turn left and the museum will be on your left at 589