Friday we went on our first field trip of this school year! We have been learning in history about Cherokee Indian's and we visited Cherokee, NC. Cherokee is a beautiful place full of mountainous scenery and wonderful culture. On our way there we stopped at Cherokee National Forest for pictures before heading on to Oconaluftee Indian Village.
As we entered the trails of the village we were immediately taken back to the 1760s. We had a guide that showed us through the dwellings, work areas and ritual sites. It was amazing to see and learn about their culture and history in such an interactive way.
After the guided tour we were able to experience the village on our own. Talking to the Cherokee Indians about life in the 1700s and going into many dwellings to learn more about their way of life.
Visiting Oconaluftee Indian Village was a wonderful experience. The boys learned so much more about the Cherokee Indians then a textbook could ever teach them. As it said on their sign:: The village is more then just a place; it's living history!
We also visited The Museum of the Cherokee Indians. I have to admit this is one of my favorite museums I have ever been too. It was very interactive and the displays were fascinating. When you first come in the museum you sit in a tepee and watch an interesting video of how the Cherokee Indian's believe the world was created. It was a sweet story and the way the lights shown truly drew you into the video. You felt as if you were inside a "true" tepee. I would love to visit this museum again in the future!
There are many things to experience while in Cherokee. Since we were only there for one day we did not get to see everything... but that just means we will have to visit again in the future. We did however eat at an Indian restaurant and it was a great lunch of buffalo hamburgers and chicken tenders. Oh and I almost forgot about Elk... another gem inside Cherokee!
Next on our field trip we drove to Pigeon Forge, TN for some putt-putt golf...
Before heading home we dressed up as cowboys and a southern bell and had our Old Time Photos taken. Aidan and Noah loved the guns! It was a wonderful first field trip! We can't wait for our next one!