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Enjoy an evening of thrills and excitement, witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he and his people struggle to defend their sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700’s.

 

The huge, outdoor stage of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre gives the audience a unique viewing experience. You will sit beneath the stars in the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre as the production unfolds around you, with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage. You will experience the smells and sounds of a people living off the land and enduring battles to save their birthright.

Tecumseh (Shooting Star) was born in 1768, probably at Old Piqua, along the Mad River in Ohio. He was a Shawnee Indian and eventually became one of their greatest leaders. Tecumseh’s father died at the Battle of Point Pleasant during Lord Dunmore’s War in 1774. Fearing the encroaching white settlers, many Shawnees, including Tecumseh’s mother, moved westward first to Indiana, then Illinois, and finally to Missouri. Tecumseh, only eleven years old at the time, remained in the Ohio Country and was raised by his eldest brother, Chiksika, and his sister, Tecumpease

Photo from www.tecumsehdrama.com/media.htmBy the early 1800s, Tecumseh decided that the best way to stop white advancement was to form a confederacy of Indian tribes west of the Appalachian Mountains. Tecumseh believed that no single tribe owned the land and that only all tribes together could turn land over to the whites. He also believed that, if the Indians united together, they would have a better chance militarily against the Americans. Tecumseh visited most Indian tribes west of the Appalachian Mountains between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico, trying to convince them to unite together.

Little did he know that he would soon be fighting against his own people. Other Indians, including some Shawnees led by Black Hoof, an ally of the United States, had actually adopted white customs and had no desire to relinquish them. During the War of 1812, Tecumseh and his remaining followers allied themselves with the British. Tecumseh hoped that, if the English won, that they would return the Indians’ homeland to them. Tecumseh died at one of the most important battles of the conflict, the Battle of the Thames, in 1813. A combined English-Indian force met an American army led by William Henry Harrison. The British soldiers ran from the battlefield, leaving Tecumseh and his Indian followers to continue on their own. The Americans drove the natives from the field, and an American’s bullet killed Tecumseh. Tecumseh’s death signified the end of united Indian resistance against the Americans.

You can find more information about Tecumseh and all the activities at it’s web site

http://www.tecumsehdrama.com/show.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M249oOza4Dg&feature=player_embedded

June 11 – September 4, 2010 (Monday – Saturday)
Showtime is
8:00 pm.
$22.95 per Adult and $15.95 per Child (10 & younger)

 

 

Photos from http://www.tecumsehdrama.com/media.htm

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