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APR 2017

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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 4 1 GROUP C H E R O K E E , N O R T H C A R O L I N A Cherokee is nestled in mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the North Carolina entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The city is a beautiful destination known for its Native American heritage and abundance of out- door activities. The Museum of the Cherokee tells the story of the Cherokee tribe's identity and history, from its early days to the Trail of Tears period and modern culture. Groups can also book a Cherokee Experience at the museum, which includes a Cherokee language course as well as a cultural workshop or traditional performance by a Cherokee dance group. One of the most popular attractions during the summer season is the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a re-creation of an 18th-century Cherokee village. Groups have the option of taking a guided tour of the Cherokee huts, roundhouse and different cultural demonstrations or exploring on their own. Also adjacent to the village is a botanical garden that features various regional plants the Cherokee use for food and medicine. Groups visiting Cherokee should also plan to include a performance of "Unto These Hills," a story based on the life of Tsali, an important figure who is considered responsible for the Eastern Band of Cherokee being allowed to remain on their native lands in the hills of North Carolina. This year will feature a new production rewritten to be more his- torically accurate but will still feature the "beautiful story of Tsali's sacrifice for his people," according to Robert Jumper of Visit Cherokee. The show runs May through August. W W W.V I S I T C H E ROK E E N C .C OM CHEROKEE SITS AT THE GATEWAY TO THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS IN NORTH CAROLINA. Courtesy Visit Cherokee C R I P T E D

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