The self-guided tour at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian begins with the “Story Lodge,” where ancient Cherokee myths appear through computer animation. You continue through the Paleo period, when mastodons were killed with simple spears. Through the Archaic and Woodland periods, people adapted the environment to their needs, creating agriculture, trade, and villages. The elaborate ceremonial activities of the Mississippian period echo throughout today’s traditions. The period of contact brought trade, disease, war, and many cultural changes.