The Cherokee Historical Association, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1948 and is located in the heart of the Cherokee Cultural District. Our mission is to “perpetuate and preserve the history and culture of the Cherokee People.”

We accomplish our mission through the operation of two cultural attractions; the Oconaluftee Indian Village living history site and the renowned outdoor drama Unto These Hills.

Unto These Hills is one of the nation’s foremost outdoor dramas. Debuting in 1950, Unto These Hills has been performed for over six million visitors in its over 60 years of operation.  From the first contact with Europeans to the infamous and tragic Trail of Tears, Unto These Hills tells the triumphant story of the Cherokee through the eons.

The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a time machine transporting  you back to a living, working Cherokee Village of the 18th Century. Here, centuries old techniques for survival have been passed down from generation to generation and preserved in this living history site.

Welcome to Cherokee…our home.


  1. Saw this link of interest-although I dont owe the pictue I am curious as to ID

    Nay i quote your answear?

  2. angela verricchia

    I just found out I am related to William Tahla Che Ca and Susannah Chaw Ew Ker Grisham(Grissom) of the Cherokee tribes in TN and NC. How can i make sure it is true ancestors??? I want to make sure I do have Cherokee in my blood and If I looked it up right.

    • You can call the Tribal Enrollment office or the Library here in town. Both can be reached through 828-497-7000. Good Luck.

  3. I am a Western Student doing a power point presentation on the Cherokee and Native American heritage. I need suggestions on information that would be respectful and needed to be taught to preschool and kindergarten age children. Thank you.

    • Kathy,
      Call us at 828-497-2111 and dial ext. 202. Linda Squirrell can help you find the informtion that you need.


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