Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual: Established in 1946, it serves mainly as a cooperative mutual for 300 Cherokee craftspeople, the facility has a large display area for those interested in historical baskets, masks, pottery, fingerweaving, wood carving and more. Open all year, yet hours vary seasonally; call ahead n the off-season. No admission fee.
The Qualla Boundary is territory held as a land trust for the Federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It is part of their historic territory in this area. The indigenous Cherokee, an Iroquoian-language people, were here for centuries before European encounter, having migrated from the Great Lakes area. The land is technically not a "reservation", in that tribal members can buy & own the land, provided they are enrolled members of the Tribe.