The Native Americans who inhabit the Parkway area are the Eastern Band of Cherokee. They continue to play a critical role in caring for the mountainous landscapes that have been their home for thousands of years. Below is some information that will help you learn about Cherokee Culture:
Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
This is an outdoor theatre show that portrays the history of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, including the infamous Trail of Tears forced march to the West. This show has been running for more than 61 seasons and is performed every night of the week except Sundays from June through August in the Mountainside Theatre. There is an admission fee.
Cherokee Historical Association
This non-profit organization founded in 1948 has as its mission to “perpetuate and preserve the history and culture of the Cherokee People.” In addition to the Mountainside Theatre, the Association also runs the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a living history set in a complete village as it would have been in 1760.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Memorial Day to Labor Day: 9 am – 7 pm Mon – Sat; Sundays 9 am – 5 pm.
Winter — 9 am – 5 pm daily.
Admission: Adult $9, Children (6-13) $6, Children 5 & under free.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Mon – Sat; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday