Lumbee history, digital and interactive

Map from survey of the NC-SC boundary line

This late 18th century map illustrates many Lumbee-country features in detail. Courtesy of the Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Pottery designs

Unearthed at Town Creek Indian Mound, Mt. Gilead, NC

A home near Maxton, NC

A Lumbee family home prior to resettlement on Pembroke Farms. From the Library of Congress photographic archive.

Pembroke's Very Own Piggly Wiggly

c. 1970

Tobacco farming in Robeson County

Mr. Locklear with community manager. From the Library of Congress photographic archive.

The power of students, community, and technology combined

About the community

The Lumbee and Tuscarora peoples are an integral part of this project....

About the students

Twenty-eight undergraduate students have worked on this project, producing new knowledge and expanding their comfort zones to present it in nontraditional ways...

About the teaching staff

HIST234 at UNC is taught by Dr Malinda Maynor Lowery, with digital humanities assistance from Dr Rebecca Dobbs...
The Lumbees are the largest Native American tribe east of the Mississippi and the ninth largest tribe in the United States. North Carolina, correspondingly, has the largest Native American population of any state east of the Mississippi. Despite the Lumbee community’s significance to the past, present, and future of the state and nation, relatively little work of scholarly quality has been produced about them. What has been produced often addresses questions that are not generated by tribal members, but instead by outside investigators, whose disciplinary limitations gear the work towards tellings that often seem inaccurate to tribal members themselves. While this work is undoubtedly important in understanding Lumbee history and culture, UNC's History 234 class seeks to bridge the gap between community history and academic ethnohistory through creating collaborative online research that also receives input from members of the Lumbee community and scholars of Lumbee history.
This website represents the creative digital history output of student teams in the class during Spring semester 2013. The tabs above lead to each team's output, created using different digital approaches and primary source materials. See also the tab leading to the archived work of the students in the course taught in Spring 2010!