Cherokee Days | Cherokee, NC

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Cherokee Days

Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is co-hosting Cherokee Days in Washington D.C. at the Native American Smithsonian. Join us for a three day event to experience the story of three nations and one Cherokee story.

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Cherokee, NC 28719

Three Nations, One People

Oral tradition holds that Cherokee people once lived on an island that erupted in fire, and they fled to what is now North America. Over thousands of years, Cherokee people have existed as a distinct people, unified in their tribal family. Through times of peace and times of war, Cherokee people have held to their identity.

Today, there are three federally recognized branches of Cherokee people: Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Each tribe, while wholly unique, shares a past, language, culture and traditions.

From the resurrection of the spoken language in schools to recreating ancient rituals to holding annual tri-council meetings, the three Cherokee tribes are committed to preserving and promoting their history and culture to ensure they survive for future generations.

Qualla Country Fishing Tournament

Saturday, August 24 to Sunday, August 25

$20,000 in Cash Prizes!

With your $15 entry fee and a two-day fishing permit ($17), coveriong both tournament days, you’ll be competing for your share of $20,000 in the pristine freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters).

Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each tournament day, with a final tag turn in time of 4 p.m. on day two.

Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at by Friday, August 23,2024. Fishing hours are one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.

7 Clans Rodeo

Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 1

Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 1 to Saturday, October 5

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