Cherokee Culture

The Cherokee people are known for their perseverance, spirituality, sense of humor, and creativity. Their culture is notable for its deep reverence to the natural world and their connection to it. As a people, the Cherokee espouse group harmony including relationships between the community and family, giving and sharing, and sacrifice for the people. Cherokees are proud of their heritage and work proactively to protect it.

Eastern Band of Cherokee

Today the Qualla Boundary is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, the Qualla Boundary is not a reservation, but rather trust land purchased for the Cherokee remaining in the area after the Indian Removal Act.

There are over 14,000 enrolled members of the Eastern Band. The Cherokee hold their homeland dear and the natural beauty of the area’s mountains, forests, and rivers is both utilized and reflected in their art.