Posts Tagged ‘First Peoples/New Directions’

Troubles Decolonizing a Colonial History now on the First Peoples/New Directions Publishing Initiative Website!

Thank you Abby Mogollon!


Much work in the the field of Native American history has centered on Indians’ relationships with European colonizers and the U.S. government, perhaps rightly so. As historians, we are trained to analyze primarily the written word, words written mostly by colonizers. And while some scholars have done remarkable oral histories and ethnographies of Native communities, a history based on oral sources or indigenous knowledge is not automatically more relevant to Indian communities, just because it avoids the colonizers’ words. Sources don’t by themselves make Indian history more relevant to Indian people. We have to put the information we gather to work, or history forever remains a telling about an other, rather than an authentic rendering of a truth about human nature and societies.

Dr. Lowery shared photos from her book during a lecture at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke in April.



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You are invited to come to a lunchtime roundtable exploring Lumbee history in the Jim Crow era featuring a panel of distinguished community members, including:

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, Department of American Indian Studies, UNC-Pembroke

Mr. Blake Tyner, Robeson County History Museum

Mr. Garth Locklear, Lumbee Veteran and Historian

Mr. Elisha Locklear, Tuscarora Veteran and Historian

Ms. Tasha Oxendine, Lumbee Folklorist

I will also be reading from my book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South. The event is on June 26 from 12-2 at the BSU House in Pembroke. Copies of the book will be available for sale at a special discount. This lunch is free and open to the public. Sponsored by:

Department of American Indian Studies, UNC-Pembroke

First Peoples/New Directions Publishing Initiative

University of North Carolina Press

Lumbee Guaranty Bank

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I’m very pleased and honored to be a guest blogger for First Peoples Publishing Initiative! Today they’ve posted reflections and reporting on the Lumbee tribal council’s recent shift in their federal recognition strategy. There are many parallels with the past…and as William Faulkner may have said, “the past is not dead, it’s not even past.”

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