The Oconaluftee Indian Village is Open!6.23.2020
We’re excited to announce that the Oconaluftee Indian Village, in Cherokee, North Carolina, is open for the 2020 season! We’re taking steps and protocols to ensure your safety. By visiting the Village, you have a chance to experience Cherokee’s rich and resilient culture. Modeled after a Cherokee Indian village from the 16th to 18th centuries, the Village is an immersive living history experience that transports you back in time. A Cherokee cultural expert will lead you on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history, including live demonstrations of beadwork, finger weaving, pottery, wood carving, basket making, hull canoes, blowgun demonstration, and weaponry stations.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Staff at the Village have done everything possible to ensure safety measures.
Before buying a ticket, guests are required to have their temperature screened. There’s a screening table set up in front of the box office to take temperatures with a digital forehead thermometer prior to purchasing tickets. Current regulations state that patrons must have a temperature lower than 100.9 in order to enter the establishment. All guests must wear a mask when inside the Village.
Every employee of the Village received a Coronavirus screening and has submitted a negative result. Currently employees of the Village are not required to wear masks, but social distancing measures have been put into place to maintain 6 foot spacing between artisans, delegates, and guests. All areas are sanitized on a set schedule and all props are sanitized throughout the day.
Each tour group will only have 10 people maximum and only 70 guests per hour. Patrons will not be able to handle any props on the stations, but objects will be very visible on each station. Guests will no longer be able to walk in any of the housing structures, but may look in from the doorway.
Plan Your Visit
The Village opens on June 10 and operates Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with tours limited to 10 people per group and only 70 people are allowed in the Village per hour. Online ticket sales will allow guests to purchase by desired times.
The Village is closed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and the season ends on November 7.
For the safety of guests and staff, there will be no art classes, social dances, or special programming this season. A Time of War will not be happening this season.
Oconaluftee Indian Village is located at 218 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC.