The Qualla Boundary is home to about 12,000 Eastern Cherokee. There are six communities within the boundary Yellowhill, Birdtown, Painttown, Snowbird, Big Cove and Wolftown. The depth of their culture and strength of character have enabled them to withstand many setbacks. One of the most recent being exploitation by the tourist industry. The Cherokee have never lived in tee-pees, worn feathered bonnet head-dress or hunted buffalo.
For many Cherokee, this is the first generation in 200 years where they have been allowed to openingly practice their beliefs and speak their native tongue without fear of appraisal. Respect their beliefs and practices even if they differ from your own.