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Lumbee Tribe Historical Murals Exemplifying the Past, Present & Future Joan Blackwell, Researcher – Dr. Tulla Lightfoot, Mentor Illustration List The Future.

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1 Lumbee Tribe Historical Murals Exemplifying the Past, Present & Future Joan Blackwell, Researcher – Dr. Tulla Lightfoot, Mentor Illustration List The Future will one day be in the hands of our children. I represented the “future” by showing a gateway to the top of a mountain. It is hoped that the children will reach for the stars and succeed in all endeavors by working hard, honoring their family and elders and praying. Hopefully, they will decide to attend UNCP one day. 1. Gateway to Mountain top 2. Angel wings watching over us 3. Old Oak Tree is filled with colorful birds of all colors. 4. The thumb prints of Lumbee Tribe Boys and Girls Club, Pembroke NC is stamped on the tree. 5. As a child, I grew hearing and telling stories. One of my favorites goes like this: This old story was handled down from Native American Elders. There are two wolves in Life. It is a reminder that life is a balancing act. We can listen to the “bad wolf” or the “good wolf”. Who will win in the end? The one we feed the most. 6. The female figure at the bottom of this panel represents the fact that someone does care and looks after us. Our community works together to help others. We just need to ask for help and help those that need help. 7. Flowers at bottom of panel painted by Boys and Girls Club members, Pembroke, NC. Thank you for viewing my art. Joan C. Blackwell Lumbee, Proud Army Aviator Mom & UNCP Art Education major 1. Lumbees are a faith based community. The spirit lady at top of panel represents “someone is looking over us”. 2. The first school for Croatoan’s was built by the State of North Carolina in The name changed several times and today is University of North Carolina (UNCP) Pembroke, NC. This school was built for the Native American Indians of Robeson County. 3. Long ago, before we had schools, churches were used to teach the children. New Bethel Church/School was one of the first buildings used to teach children in Sampson County established The home of Henry Berrie Lowrie/Lowry. A modern day hero, HBL stole from the rich to feed the poor. He’s on my family tree. 5. The Lumber River (Lumbee River) winds its way through Robeson County. 6. Some of us believe in spirits and ghosts. See the Native American man standing in the Lumber River? Is it a spirit? 7. Traditionally, the men hunted for the food, they were our warriors. 8. The turtle is the Lumbee Tribe animal totem; colors of Lumbee Tribe logo: white, black, red, and yellow. Further information about the Lumbee Tribe is available: 9. We never lived in Teepees, round houses and long houses were used. 10. The women stayed busy with home projects such as braiding hair, making baskets out of pine needles, making cloths, pottery, quilts, beading, raising gardens and preserving foods. There were exceptions at times. The women were strong and independent. Children were taught they learned more when they were quiet. 11. Long leaf pine trees were used to produce turpentine many years ago. 12. Lumbee men built dugout canoes from long leaf pine trees to paddle the Lumbee River to fish and exchange goods. A hand built canoe can be seen at the UNCP Native American Resource Center, Old Main. 13. HBL crew memorial gravesite: 2 brothers, 2 cousins, 2 brother-in-laws, 1 Scottish, 1 African American and the rest were Native American men. HBL remains were never found. The reward of $20,000 was never collected. Only family members know what really happened. The myth lives on. 14. There are many people that believe the Lumbees originated from Lost Colony; remember the historical craving on the tree “Croatoan”. 15. Flowers at bottom painted by Lumbee Boys and Girls Club. Past Lumbee History Present Lumbee History Future Lumbee History


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