Photos courtesy of Cherokee Historical Association.
Activities & Interests
Qualla Arts and Crafts
Cherokee Crafts in the Western North Carolina Mountains
Visitors to Cherokee, North Carolina will find top-quality, handmade Cherokee crafts made by traditional artists at the Qualla Arts and Crafts gallery. Baskets, pottery, woodcarving, bead work, jewelry, masks, dolls, and other items of Cherokee traditional art are offered for sale, and photos of the artists at work are displayed in the exhibit room.
Supporting Cherokee Craft Heritage
The non-profit cooperative provides a place for Cherokee artists and craftspeople to market their creations. In so doing, it also encourages the preservation of the many craft traditions and promotes quality traditional artists and their work.
With more than 300 members, Qualla Arts & Crafts is one of the most successful Native American crafts cooperatives in the country. For more than sixty years, the cooperative has helped traditional crafts of the Cherokee survive by holding high standards for quality and by providing year-round income for Cherokee craft artists.
Qualla Arts & Crafts Hours of Operation
June-August: 8 am - 7 pm (Monday-Saturday) and 9 am - 5 pm on Sundays
September-May: 8 am - 5 pm (Monday-Sunday); closed Sundays in January and February.
Hours of operation are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
Qualla Arts & Crafts Admission Fees
There is no charge for admission.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.
645 Tsali Boulevard
Cherokee, NC 28719
Cherokee History in the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Western North Carolina have a rich history and a strong heritage that is being passed down to the younger generations even today. Despite hardship and a history full of uncertain outcomes and a trail of tears, the Cherokee Indians of North Carolina have built a vibrant and successful tribal community in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore our webiste and learn more about Cherokee crafts, Cherokee history and Cherokee heritage.
- Museum of the Cherokee Indian (1 mile)
A perfect place to begin exploration of Cherokee heritage and traditions is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC.
- Oconaluftee Indian Village (1 mile)
At the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, NC, you can step inside the world of an eighteenth century Cherokee village.
- Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama (1 mile)
For over 50 years, Cherokee players have performed Unto These Hills, the second longest running outdoor drama in the country.