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The Museum of The Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian far surpasses its purpose to authentically present and preserve thousands of years of Cherokee culture and history. One of the finest exhibits of Indian artifacts in the United States can be found within its walls. Through audio-visual presentations and displays, visitors can learn about untold generations of Cherokee history.

A 20-foot, hand-carved statue of Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, greets visitors as they pass the museum's entrance grounds. The monument is made of California redwood and was chiseled in 1990 over a four month period by Peter Wolf Toth, a Hungarian sculptor who has featured Native Americans in several other of his statues. Since, the statue has become one of Cherokee's most popular photo destinations.

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nside, guests are free to set their own pace. Visitors are informed during one of the first presentations about how the Cherokee came to this region, the amount of territory their nation once claimed and how, through various treaties, the Cherokee lost much of their original lands.Cherokee Museum Masks

Indian artifacts from around North America are on display throughout the spacious facility, along with those that were made by the Cherokee themselves. Farming utensils, clothing, copies of the first photographs taken of the Cherokee people, weapons of hunting and war, baskets, pottery, and a myriad of other historical items are attractively and educationally displayed.

A movie detailing the life of the Cherokee today can be seen in the museum's theater. The film highlights the progress the Cherokee have seen in recent years on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary) through the determination of tribal leaders and the members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and their many innovative ideas.

The museum is also well-known for its wide range of Cherokee books and hand-crafted items available in its gift shop. Adjacent to the shop is a large art gallery that attractively displays art and photographs by Indian and non-Indian artists from around the country.

One of the museum's newest exhibits is a "walk" along the Trail of Tears that goes right along with its many other interactive exhibits.

Open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, the Cherokee Indian museum is located on US 441 at Drama Road. An admission fee of $4 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 12 is charged. General information and information for booking a group tour may be obtained by phoning 704-497-3481.


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