State Magazine Visits Pembroke
N.C. --- Amid
the flurry of fall leaves, Our
State magazine's November issue arrived at the newsstands and
in mailboxes filled with articles about North Carolinas autumn.
Included in the colorful edition is an in-depth, 28-page feature on
Indians in North Carolina.
The Town of Pembroke
and UNC Pembroke are featured in a lengthy article by an old friend.
Writer D.G. Martin,
former interim vice chancellor at the University of North Carolina at
Pembroke, writes in his story, An Insiders Guide To Pembroke,
that although the area is home to more than 42,000 Indians, few tourists
visit the town. He says that the towns focus on family and todays
challenges make it more a working place than a tourist trap.
Also featured in
the November issue is an article by UNC Pembroke geography Professor
Tom Ross on the mystery of the famous Carolina bays. Dr. Ross is a nationally
known expert on the bays.
Carolina has thousands of elipitcally shaped bays of all sizes, Lake
Waccamaw being the largest. Dr. Ross article is about how human
activities are shaped by the presence of bays in the area.
In the past
few people would consider building a home or farm structure in a Carolina
bay, but today it is becoming commonplace to see bays being fill with
sand and clay followed by construction of buildings, Dr. Ross
said. I am very concerned about the stability of the structures
built in the bays because of the amount of organic material within their
interiors, and that organic material will compact under the weight of
Bays are constantly
undergoing change by the actitivities of humans, and some of these changes
may very well affect the environment in negative ways, he said.
Careful consideration should be given before altering bay ecosystems.
Relying on some
of the states most notable Indian studies experts, Our State
articles on Indians range from their struggle for identity and sovereignty
by David La Vere, associate professor of history at UNC Wilmington,
to an overview of the history of six North Carolina tribes by Clyde
Ellis, associate professorof history at Elon College and author or editor
of three books and nearly two dozen essays on American Indian history.
Dr. Ellis writes
that North Carolinas rich and diverse native heritage makes it
one of the nation's leading Indian states. With 93,000 American Indians
living in the state according to the 1996 census, North Carolina has
the largest Indian population east of the Mississippi River.
Marion A. Ellis,
one of the team of journalists at The Charlotte Observer who won the
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981, wrote Native Son
for the November Our State feature. The story focuses on oneof
the areas most famous Lumbee Indians, Dennis Lowery, a UNC Pembroke
graduate turnedextremely successful entrepreneur and Charlotte business
Our State completes its portrait of North Carolina Indians with a complete
listing of Powwows, Indian-related museums, books and other organizations
with Indian interests.
1933, Our State is North Carolinas only travel, history, and folklore
publication, and is available at fine bookstores or through subscriptions
by calling 800.948.1409.
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