"From ancient times to new commercialism" Top 5 Page for this destination Cherokee by goingsolo

Cherokee Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 93 photos

Cherokee is named after the Indian nation that has occupied this land for over 10,000 years. The Cherokee civilization was interrupted by the arrival of white settlers, the American Revolution and, after years of treaties, proclamations and promises broken, the forced removal of the majority of the tribe in the 1800s.

This event, known as the Trail of Tears, was a forced march of some 16,000 members of the Cherokee trbe from western North Carolina to Oklahoma. No one knows for certain, but an estimated one fourth to one half of the Cherokee population perished during this long winter journey. But the most defiant members of the tribe refused to relinquish the land. They hid in the hills and these hardy souls are the ancestors of the Cherokee who occupy the land today.

Cherokee is part history and culture and part vapid commercialism. The museum and the Indian village are attempts to preserve the history and culture of this fascinating people. The main drag of Cherokee, which includes, as many modern Indian reservations do, a casino. It also includes numerous shops and attractions of varying degrees of commercial exploitation reflecting a sad attempt to conform to the modern times. Fortunately, Cherokee isn't quite as garish as Gatlinburg on the park's northern border and the town does have some interesting places to visit.

I spent a brief amount of time here, exploring, learing, and, I'll admit it, gambling. I'll try to highlight some of the points of interest and interesting points of this area on this page.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Culturally interesting and with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.
  • Cons:Leans heavily towards tacky tourist attractions.
  • In a nutshell:Visit the museum and the village and drop a couple of bucks at the casino.
  • Last visit to Cherokee: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ferdnbean's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2005 at 8:49 PM

    Nice work, L. My guess is that we just missed each other. "Unto These Hills" was pretty good, a lot of history in a compact amount of time, though NOT portrayed like some of the Eastern Cherokee I spoke to seem to tell their history. Bless you! Ferd


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