The Cherokee Experience

experienceWorkshops combining academic and experiential learning can be designed specifically for your school or group. The museum has conducted workshops for: University of Pittsburgh; Warren Wilson College; University of Massachusetts; Murphy Middle School; Macon Middle School; WRESA; teachers from White County, Georgia; North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching; National Park Service; and others.

These Cherokee Experiences can include storytelling, dance, hands-on craft workshops, and traditional Cherokee food. Costs vary.



To register, contact:

Mike Crowe Jr or Dawn Arneach
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
P.O. Box 1599 Cherokee NC 28719
828 497-3481, ext. 1001 or ext. 1019   or

Museum Tour:

For groups of 15 or more:
$8.00 per person for adults with one complimentary ticket per group. $6.00 for children 6-13 with one complimentary adult ticket per 10 children.

Museum Speaker: With Museum group tour, the Museum will provide one speaker free of charge from the Education Staff:  Bo Taylor, or Barbara Duncan, Ph.D.,


Storytelling/Cherokee History and Culture:

A one-hour program by an experienced storyteller or lecturer from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. $150

Music and Dance Program:

A one-hour program on Cherokee music and dance involves your group in dancing. $225

Nature Walk:

Experience nature with a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and learn about the plants of the Great Smoky Mountains. One hour. $150

Hands-on Crafts Workshops:

Spend one- hour with a Cherokee craftsperson making baskets, pottery, beadwork, or arrowheads. Maximum of 15 students per craftsperson, some classes can accommodate up to 30. Costs for materials vary. $150

Lectures by Scholars:

Learn about Cherokee archaeology, the Trail of Tears, and other special topics from visiting Ph.D., scholars. $225

Step-On Tour Guides for Cherokee Heritage Trails:

These experienced guides have been trained and certified by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. They can direct your group to Cherokee sites throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, and can provide interpretation.
One day (8 hrs.) $300
One-half day (4 hrs.) $150
On overnight trips, the guide’s expenses for food, lodging, and travel must be covered as well. Gratuities are welcome.

Traditional Cherokee Indian Dinner:

This usually includes chicken, bean bread, hominy, potatoes, wild greens in season, herb tea, and fruit cobbler. The menu varies seasonally. Vegetarians and diabetics can be accommodated. The number of dinners must be confirmed two weeks in advance. $20. per person.

Field trips on your own in the Cherokee area, free of charge:

  • Mountain Farm Museum—National Park Service
  • Newfound Gap and Clingman’s Dome—National Park Service
  • Kituhwa Mound—Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cultural Resources Office
  • Mingo Falls
  • Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Co-op

Other Cultural Attractions:

Oconaluftee Indian Village May 1 – October 24
“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama June – August

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Group of 20 estimate

9 am – Museum of the Cherokee Indian Tour – $144.00
10:30 – Museum Education Staff Speaker N/A
1:00 – Oconaluftee Indian Village @ $12* $240.00
3:00 – Hands-on Craft Workshop $150.00 (Materials @ $10) $200.00
5:30 – Traditional Indian Dinner $240.00
6:30 – Storytelling $150.00
7:30 – Music and Dance Program $225.00
Total: $1199.00

* open May 1—Oct 24