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The Cherokee Historical Association
The Cherokee Historical Association, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1948 and is located in the heart of the Cherokee Cultural District in Cherokee NC.
Our vision is to be recognized as a National Treasure that tells our Cherokee story through a diversity of offerings which are authentic, educational, sustainable and enhances public awareness of human rights.
Our mission is to share the triumphant story of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the world through excellence in the arts, education, living history and cultural preservation.
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.