Folkmoot Festival 2017: Cherokee Ambassador Day Sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation

On Tuesday, July 25th, our friends and neighbors, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will share with our visiting cultural ambassadors – and the general public – the unique history and fascinating culture of the Cherokee Indians.  

The Cherokee culture and traditions are among the very richest offerings Western Carolina has to share with the world. This event not only gives the international groups the opportunity to explore Cherokee, but it also allows the Cherokee people to travel the world without leaving the Qualla Boundary.

Eight international groups will tour Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee Indians, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Council House, Qualla Arts and Crafts, and Mingo Falls throughout the day and have a luncheon at the Fairgrounds catered by Nikki’s Frybread.

An all-group performance and cultural exchange will take place at 5 p.m. at Cherokee High School’s Chief Joyce Dungan Cultural Arts Center.

The public is invited to join Folkmoot’s international groups and Cherokee ambassadors for the tour, lunch, and performance. Check-in for tour participants is at 9:30 a.m. at the Museum of the Cherokee Indians, located across from the Qualla Arts and Crafts. Here, tour participants will receive an itinerary that includes a destination schedule, driving instructions, lunch and performance vouchers and parking pass. Transportation is not included. Tickets are $25 for children, $45 for adults, and $40 for seniors. Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount. Enrolled Eastern Band are admitted at no charge.

Please contact Folkmoot’s Cherokee Programs Coordinator, Lisa Spring Wilnoty, with questions, 828.452.2997 or

Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer throughout the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performers sharing their culture through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music.

In 2017, Folkmoot anticipates hosting musicians and dancers from India, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, a Canadian group representing Welsh dance, a U.S. group representing African dance, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians performers, as well as several regional bluegrass and clogging groups representing Appalachian culture.

Go to and get your tickets to experience the wonder of international culture through music and dance!