American Indian Inter-Tribal Festival this weekend

The festival is part of the entire Jamestown 2007 America’s 400th Anniversary set of events running all year. We have attended a few of them so far, but not any of the “big” events yet.

7/23 UPDATE: We didn’t go … it was a little too far away and we ended up having friends over for a little swimming and grilling!

Read on for more information about what I married into – the Lumbee Tribe.

Family Background

Isa and her family are Lumbee… and we have made it to quite a few Indian festivals around Michigan and one in Virginia. Every year they have the Lumbee Homecoming around the Fourth of July in Pembroke (in Robeson County, North Carolina) that is quite a big event too with a powwow, pageants and some other events. It’s nice but usually completely packed… if you are visiting, you go. I think it’s been a few years since we have all made it – but Minah went down this year with Isa’s parents. It used to be a big thing and almost everyone in her family including us would go down every year, but as many of the cousins have settled down into jobs and moved out a bit, not everyone makes it.

Lumbee Background

The Lumbee Tribe is the largest Indian tribe east of the Mississippi (and apparently the 9th largest tribe in the country), yet almost no one I have come across with (other than Native Americans), have heard of it. Here are some links to find out more:

  • history
  • language
  • offical Tribe site
  • Miscellaneous
  • Moore County North Carolina Genealogy CenterThey are recognized by North Carolina, and federally recognized – but not with full benefits… it’s a little strange but go here to read more information. If you want to read a book about the Lumbee, I would highly recommend Adolph Dial’s (I know he is somehow related to my wife) “The Only Land I Know”.The fabulous history that no one I have told it to have heard about the Lumbee relates to the “Lost Colony of Roanoke”. The story usually ends with the colonists disappearing unexplainedly. The Lumbee believe it differently. They hold that a tree or two at Roanoke stated “Croatoan” or “CRO”, which meant a location south of Roanoke I believe around 50 miles. It was known then that there were Native Americans there. Well, colonists after Roanoke never made it down that far to look for the Lost colonists, but much later when explorers it down to that area, they found Indians with culture, English language, last names, and visual similiarities to the English settlers. I haven’t read any proof that was so conclusive on this to lay this to rest as verified fact – so you decide. Read up a few places online:
  • THE LOST COLONY by Eric Hause
  • The Lost Colony by Williamsburg Private Tours
  • Lumbee Indian Surname Project
  • “North Carolina’s First Colonists: 12,000 Years Before Roanoke” by NC Office of State Archaeology
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