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There are several ways to approach the Qualla Boundary, the formal name of the 58,000 acres known as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribal trust lands:. Read more

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Lose yourself in 11,000 years of history for a few hours. Read more

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Cherokee’s new uber accessible mountain bike trail system provides recreation options for riders and hikers of all skill levels in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Read more

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Sing along and get a great price on giving Smoky Mountain Living magazine as a gift! Read more

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Free event scheduled at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. Read more

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Among hundreds of warriors in the Battle of Taliwa in 1755, a young woman and her husband waged this decades-old conflict together. Nanyehi, 17 years old, and her husband, Kingfisher, fought together for the Cherokee. Read more

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Hickory Nut Gorge

Margaret Hester photo

Geology and hydrology go a long way toward explaining the rugged landscape of the Hickory Nut Gorge, southeast of Asheville. But science can only go so far toward helping us understand the mystique of that area. Read more

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For centuries, gathering sochan—also known as the green-headed coneflower—has been a rite of springtime for the Cherokee people. Read more

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Eight hundred years ago, across the southeastern region of North America, the great Mississippian civilization flourished. Artisans crafted stone and metal into objects of sublime beauty. Farmers grew vast fields of corn on the river bottomlands. Read more

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Two hundred years ago, early explorers of the Southern Appalachians pondered the piles of stone they encountered at “all the gaps in the mountains.” While most of those cairns have disappeared, they remain a mystery. Read more

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When the total eclipse descends on Cherokee, North Carolina, this August, a tradition reaching back thousands of years will live on. Read more

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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Margaret Hester photo

For many of us, fragments of images or threadbare associations are exactly how we create memory. Even brain research tells us that we learn by forming connections to what we already know. Read more

Art+Music

When I was 4 years old I saw a cobra edging out from behind a wooden strawberry barrel in our garden. Naturally I was certain of what I had seen, despite the fact that I was not even on the same continent as any known, free roaming, cobra. Read more

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Made In The Smokies

Kathryn Ray photo

Whether toiling in tucked-away mountain workshops or bustling tourist studios, the region’s best artisans carry on traditions that have been passed down through the generations—oftentimes in their own families. Read more

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Every December 31st, while millions of Americans from Maine to California resolve to lose the last few pinches of pudge, Southerners have already gotten a jump (or, rather, a hoppin’ john) on the rest of the country. Read more

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Dreamcatcher

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

As with most things good and holy—Velveeta cheese, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee—dream catchers tend to churn my stomach when overconsumed. Don’t get me wrong: I love the message behind them, that we can filter good dreams from bad. Read more

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Whether you’re on the trail of warblers or wildflowers this spring in North Carolina’s High Country, you’re sure to work up an appetite. And just because you’re stalking songbirds doesn’t mean you have to eat like one, too. Read more

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“‘We’re only doing this for your own good’—words that hide a multitude of sins,” surmised Samuel Carter III in his historical account of the crimes committed against the Cherokee. Read more

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