The story centers around Aracoma, a Native American princess and Boling Baker, a scout for General Braddock about 1760. The Shawnee, led by Aracoma’s father, Chief Cornstalk, captured Baker. Aracoma saved Baker’s life by pleading to her father for mercy. As fate would have it, Baker and Aracoma fell in love, and eventually married. Baker is adopted into the tribe, and they move onto an island in the Guyandotte River. The story then twists and turns, as does the relationship between the Shawnee and the white settlers. Legend has it that Aracoma’s story ended with her death in 1780, and that she asked to be buried on an island in the Guyandotte in what is today the city of Logan.
Then, in 1975, the city brought the play back to life. Because of extensive building on the island, which was the site of the original production, it was felt that Aracoma needed a new home. The play has been produced at Chief Logan State Park since then.
For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.
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