Street Chiefs and dancers perform on curbside stages outside shops in Cherokee, NC. It's a tradition that began years ago with the late Chief Henry, who was once billed as "The World's Most Photographed Indian.
Cherokee, North Carolina. This is "Unto These Hills," an outdoor drama of The Trail of Tears, telling the story of how the Cherokee Indians were forced by the government, under President Andrew Jackson, to leave the Blue Ridge mountains, and of how they eventually returned and continue to maintain their heritage there today.
Downtown Cherokee, NC is "alive" with colorfully painted fiberglass bears that are part of a public art program featuring the talents of local Tribal artists. Each one of the bears represents an aspect of Cherokee culture. Photo by Charles Snodgrass