Cherokee outdoor drama closes season run

Cherokee, North Carolina (AP) 9-08

The Cherokee Indian outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” is closing its 2008 season after a performance in an open-air mountain theater in southwestern North Carolina.

The drama’s 2008 run began in June and is sponsored by the Cherokee Historical Association.

The show made its debut July 1, 1950, and has been performed each summer since then.

Kermit Hunter was a non-Indian and student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he wrote the original version of the play. The association said an updated version was first performed last year that used the tribe’s own history and included a majority of Cherokee actors.

More than 5 million people have seen the drama over the years.

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