I found this to be true in Cherokee
Cherokee Indian Wisdom from North Carolina"
One evening an old Cherokee tribe leader told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said “ Grandson, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.”
He continued, “The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought for a moment and then asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The wise Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Cherokee Nation- NC
This little town has grown incredibly in the past year due to the development of casinos.
I've always felt sorry for this town. There is a strong under current of depression and desperation. I haven't spent a whole lot of time being a tourist here.
"In route to the Smokies..."
Much of the tourism that Cherokee gets is from people passing through in route to the Smokey mountains.
Hopefully the casinos will bring the community much needed income. There were tourists buses coming and going at a regular rate.
The casinos have been developed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
To get a more comprehensive idea of the town, visit these websites:
"No margaritaville here.."
The town is "dry". You are unable to buy alcohol at any location within town limits(including the casinos). To buy alcohol, you will need to go to the nearest town- Silva.
However, There is no problem with smoking in the casinos. The smoke is suffocating and lead to a unpleasant experience. We were in Harrah's for maybe 20 minutes until we had to leave.
Cherokee North Carolina
We go to this area frequently, as we are only one and a half hours away. This is a beautiful area, with the Smoky Mountains. In Cherokee it's self, there are some interesting things to see. The Museum of The Cherokee and the Indian village are a must see. In season, go to the Trail of Tears drama. As far as the shops are concerned, most are not selling Cherokee made crafts. If you want this, go to the Qualla store across the street from the museum, or ask for directions to Bear Meat's Store...it is a little out of the way but worth it.