This month is American Indian Heritage Month, honoring and celebrating those who were settled here first in North Carolina, including the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Waccamaw-Siouan. This month also honors North Carolina’s four urban American Indian organizations consisting of the Cumberland County Association for Indian People, and the Guilford, Metrolina, and Triangle Native American Associations. It is important to recognize and learn about those who were on this land before us, as well as supporting those who are still here. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight various places and organizations that are keeping traditions alive in their own, beautiful ways right here in North Carolina.
Today, we are highlighting the Museum of the Cherokee People located in Cherokee, NC. This museum opened in 1948 and moved to the facility it is at currently in 1976. In 1998 it was renovated and a 12,000-square foot exhibit was installed. In 2010, an 8,500-square foot education wing was installed as well. They are open daily, with some exceptions for holidays. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under can explore the exhibit free. If you are ever in Asheville or Pigeon Forge, it is a wonderful museum to stop at. You can visit their website below to learn more about it.