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"Unto These Hills" - Cherokee Outdoor Drama

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Letter The performances are held in the 2,800-seat Mountainside Theater. The voices of the actors and actresses, battle sounds, and music echo throughout the surrounding mountains that once served as hiding places for the Cherokee who were determined to remain in their homeland as opposed to joining the long march to Oklahoma. Even the emotional silence of the "removal" scene becomes more meaningful when one realizes the scope of history that these mountains have witnessed.Cherokee Outdoor Performance Drama

"Unto These Hills" is operated, as is its sister attraction--The Oconaluftee Indian Village, by the Cherokee Historical Association which was founded in the late 1940s for the purpose of producing the drama. Today, audiences watch as 130 actors, actresses and technicians mix their talents and experience into an unforgettable two and one-half hour performance six nights a week during the summer months. Traditionally, the drama has a nine-week "run" with opening night being held around June 15.

Covering three hundred years of Cherokee history in such a short time is masterfully done. From the beginning scenes when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his soldiers encounter the Cherokee people to the closing minutes that show the beginning of the divided Cherokee nation, the legacy unfolds in scenes which are humorous, tense, tragic, sentimental, and moving.

As the darkness of night serves as the "final curtain," audiences leave the theater much more knowledgeable of the Cherokee people, their history, and their struggles in a non-Indian world. "Unto These Hills" is a must-see attraction when one visits Cherokee or Western North Carolina. Reserved and general seating are available. Information and tickets may be obtained by contacting the Cherokee Historical Association, P. 0. Box 398, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719 or phoning 704-497-2111. 1997 dates are June 13 through August 23. Nightly except Sunday. Call 704-497-2111 for reservations and group tour information. Or visit website for more information:

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