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[NC] NC to Maryland Triracial Lumbees

From the vault: American Indians in Maryland

The photos — and story that accompanied it — showed how one Maryland Piscataway Indian named Philip S. Proctor encouraged Lumbee to embrace native cultural aspects like regalia and pow wows. “They did not know what it really meant to be Indian,” he asserted in The Sun. “They had no language and no culture.”

Proctor’s statement may seem quite arrogant, or just plain false from a 2016 perspective. Clearly the Lumbee had both a language and a culture — even if they didn’t fit Proctor’s expectations. But his statement reflects the sentiment that Lumbee were somehow different from other native groups.

Perhaps this was a product of their own history: the Lumbee tribe was in fact an amalgamation of several different tribes that joined together after the arrival of European settlers, which decimated native populations. In the process of unification, Lumbee adopted English as their language and Christianity as the religion, these being two of the main common denominators among them.

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A taste of home for Baltimore's Lumbee tribe members


The Baltimore Sun newspaper was on this vibe recently, I've gone to a few Md. pow wows & it's always very interesting. I see a few of my own (african american /lumbee surnames in this article :) -t.b. (researching

(bowen, lowery,& more by way of nc)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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