This course has perpetually challenged me with the question of “what does it mean to be a Lumbee” and I believe I have finally found the answer for myself. Though each person will interpret the question differently, my answer comes in the shape of pride, language, history, recognition, identity, and simply a state of being.  This discovery lead me down a musical regenerative path where I took from the old and created something new. I hope you enjoy this song titled “L-U-M-B-E-E” and I charge you to think about what it means to you. 

I do not own the rights to any of this music and am using it under Fair Use. The music clips come from Dark Water Rising’s “Brown Skin”, Pura Fe’s “My People, My Land”, and Wayra’s “Mahk Jchi” (written by Ulali). Other audio clips come from various interviews and protests of Lumbee Indians including excerpts from the film “Indian by Birth: The Lumbee Dialect.”

—Erica Bryant


Audio Clip Sources:
Interview of Little Ms. Lumbee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSKZFeik1vI
Lumbee Indians Protest Racist Radio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fAzoRd54Z8
Lumbee Tribe Federal Recognition on NEWS 14: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12bvFy6hfS4
Indian by Birth: The Lumbee Dialect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BLzH8UGZrE
“Proud to be a Lumbee Indian”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25jdEHI5Zmo

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