North Carolina
Cherokee Culture in the Great Smoky Mountains: Oral Traditions & Performing Arts
Immerse yourself in the story of the Cherokee as you participate in crafts demonstrations, attend live performances, visit the Cherokee Museum and learn about important cultural sites.
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Program No. 16415RJ
4 days
Starts at
4 days
3 nights
8 meals
3B 2L 3D
Cherokee History & Culture, Cherokee Museum
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Morning Classes, Kituwah Mound Field Trip
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
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At a Glance

Cherokees have lived in the mountains of North Carolina for thousands of years, developing an alphabet, written language and culture that blended with the natural environment. Experience their unique heritage during field trips to the Cherokee Indian Reservation and formal class instruction led by native Cherokees.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile per day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take in demonstrations by Cherokee craftspeople and learn about the traditions of basket making, pottery, wood carving and more.
  • Delve into the tragic history of the “Trail of Tears” during a live theatrical performance.
  • Visit the Cherokee Museum and the ancient site of the Cherokee people known as Kituwa Mound, established more than 3,000 years ago.
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Freeman Owle
Born and reared on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Freeman Owle received a master’s degree from Florida State University. After teaching in the Cherokee school system, Freeman now teaches and lectures on Cherokee history and legends throughout the United States. He enjoys stone and wood carving, a legacy of his Cherokee ancestry.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Freeman Owle
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Lee Knight
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