ROADTRIP: The Seven Clans of the Cherokee

By D. Lanier Shook                                                   October 22, 2013

How long has it been since you were in Cherokee, North Carolina? Its probably been too long, since there’s so much to see and do. You could go to the Casino or visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. You could enjoy the shopping or you spend time in the parks. Of course you have to visit the Oconaluftee Indian Village or see the Unto These Hills outdoor Drama. But remember to enjoy the details.

Noticing the details can make your visit anywhere especially memorable and Cherokee is no exception. The Cherokee nation is an amazing group of people and learning about the Seven Cherokee Clans is a great way to appreciate them. I first learned about the Clans from my Appalachian History professor, Becky Davis, and I’d like to share that knowledge with you.

When you travel to Cherokee stop at the Fairgrounds and walk around the ticket booth. Each post around the booth has a carving that represents one of the Clans. This is a great way to educate yourself, your kids, or your friends about the Cherokee nation. Here are photos of the carvings and their associated banners.

NOTE: I believe all of the information here is correct and I’ve paired them together correctly. It has been several months since I took the trip, though, so please let me know if anything is out of place or paired up wrong. I’ll be glad to correct any errors I’ve made.














For more information about the clans, their history, and what they represent I encourage you to click here and visit the Cherokee Nation’s page about the Seven Clans. You should also click here to read about my road trip to Cherokee or click here to read about a wonderful park in Cherokee you might miss if you know it isn’t there. Cherokee, North Carolina is a great place visit, to stay at, to shop at, and to just plain enjoy. Its also a wonderful place to learn about history and the amazing people who have lived in Western North Carolina.

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