The sweeping story of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the largest Native American Tribe east of the Mississippi River, sheds new light on America’s defining moments through the complex lens of Southern identity — juxtaposing American history as taught in our public schools with how it is taught at the dinner tables of the Lumbee people.
The Lumbees have maintained their original homelands as well as their distinct identity as Indians in a biracial South, according to historian Malinda Maynor Lowery, a Lumbee, and author of The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle. But as the Lumbees today continue to fight for full, federal acknowledgment, their struggle for justice and self-determination echoes and enriches our view of the American experience.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Lowery will talk about the Lumbees’ journey and struggles as a people in the first of UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South’s series of events called “Place Matters: The Old North State in the New South” that will discuss contemporary North Carolina.
Lowery’s talk is open to the public without charge, but reservations are requested as space is limited. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3MrKWrH6m0u7cwnFBrEat3-3xNK25ZnQo9ixy5Vrsmo0Ykw/viewform
Visitor parking is available for a minimal fee in the Cone parking deck and East 1 parking deck.
Lowery is an associate professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill. Photo of Lowery courtesy of photographer Joi Henslee.