Workshops combining academic and experiential learning can be designed specifically for your school or group. The museum has conducted workshops for public schools K-12, universities, tour groups, Elderhostel, wilderness adventure programs, and more.
All exhibits, restrooms, Museum Store, and Education Wing are ADA accessible. Service animals are permitted. Handicapped parking available in front of entrance.
This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. They are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. They have performed at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Berlin, Montreal, and throughout the Southeast.
Ani-Tsalagi Digali, Cherokee Friends provide programs for visitors at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and throughout Cherokee. Funded by a grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, these members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have been trained as cultural specialists and Cherokee Heritage Trail Guides.
Certified trail guides can accompany your tour bus, group, or family on the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians provide stories, legends, directions, and answers to your questions as you journey through the Cherokee homeland.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian Press has operated since 1976. Journal of Cherokee Studies was its first publication, and was also the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to a single tribe. Since then it has published more than a dozen books, a DVD, and an audio book.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers courses that combine accurate information and scholarly content with the voices of Cherokee people and experiences on the Qualla Boundary. Since 1999, the museum has been offering the Cherokee History and Culture Institute for educators from all over the country, taught by Barbara Duncan, Ph.D., along with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Staff development courses for teachers are available on demand. Workshops on arts and crafts and special topics are offered throughout the year.
Museum members at the Friend level or higher receive a discount.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian does not provide research on genealogy. Many people claim a Cherokee ancestor from the Removal era, about 1830. To trace Cherokee ancestry, we recommend the following resources and individuals who will conduct research.
In 2006 the Museum of the Cherokee Indian received a grant for “Documenting Endangered Languages” from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D. was the Principal Investigator.
The Museum worked with the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Anthropological Archives to digitize more than 9,000 pages of documents in Cherokee language and about Cherokee language. Most of the documents were collected by James Mooney on the Qualla Boundary in the 1880s, with the help of Will West Long and James Blythe.
About 2500 pages of these documents are available on the Museum’s website. Go to the Archives and search “Documenting Endangered Languages.”
One of the goals of the project was to translate these digitized materials, but this proved very difficult. To help with the translation process, the Museum developed a chart showing several different versions of the syllabary. One of these is “cursive” syllabary.
A chart from 1853 showed the cursive syllabary then in use. John Standingdeer found this chart when he was doing research at the National Museum of the American Indian. Barbara Duncan worked to match the syllables with the printed chart, and Joyce Cooper formatted the syllables.
During the project, the Museum solicited the opinion of Cherokee elders about these materials. Their consensus was that materials about medicinal formulae should not be made public. The Museum has followed the wishes of the elders.