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I Tt CAROLINA INDIAN VOICE
hed each Thursday by First American Publications, Pembroke, NC
| VOLUME 24 NU. TUURSPA V. FEBRUARY 20, 1997 TWENTY-FIVE CENTS
Pembn isinessman I
| Bernar > Dies j
J. Pembroke businessman, Mr. Bernard
Franklin Lowry died after an
Attended illness at the age of 84 on
-Sunday. Mr . Lowry was born July 21,
1912. He was the son of the late
Abncr and Rose Lowry. He was the
ninth child in a family of 16 children,
fie was preceded in death by his wife,
Llllic Mae Strickland Lowry , two
wns, Gerald and Gary Lowry. a grandlaughter,
Donnette Rose Lowry and
light brothers and sister
Mr. Lowry was a retired principal
ind teacherfrom the Robeson County
ichool System. He was a former
Magistrate forthc townof Pembroke,
a retired farmer and a businessman
Je was also an active member of the
i;irst United Methodist Church in
Pembroke where he taught Sunday
School for many years.
Mr. Lowry was a civic minded
citizens. He was very active in the
ooy scouts organization for many
years. He was a member of the Pembroke
Kiwanis and held the position
of president and Lieutenant Gover>
nor of that organization.
< AmongMr. LowTy'sbusinessventures
was owning and operating the
College Exxdn for many years. He
also owned the College Plaza, across
from UNCP. and other rental properties.
A grave side service was held at
Hopewell Methodist Church at 2
- P.M.. on Tuesday. He is survived by
his son, Bernard F. "Bob" Lowry. Jr.
of Rowland; two daughters, Joan
Lowry of Pembroke and Lillian R.
Strickland of Raleigh, two brothers,
Jason Lowry and Theodore Lowry.
four sisters, Lula Ycaricks, Prcbblc
Oxendine, Eunice Youngand Bemice
Lowry Webb, 11 grandchildren and
Writers Visit UNCP
1^ 1 Shawn above are Dr. Stan Knlck, Director of the UNCP Native
American Resource Center, Dr. Kimberly Blaeser and Dr. Linda Oxeniine,
Chairman of the UNCP Department of Native American Studies.
|| Wouaka was a Paiute Medicine
i| Man who was envisioned with a
dance, men and women dancing in
; circle, that would cause the re-establishment
of olden Native American
fj culture and life. Relatives, friends
; M and fabled leaders would come back
H to life and the vanishing buffalo would
I* once again re-appear. The western
fi Native American life style would
& once again flourish that had been so
tit devastated in the 1800s.
Dr. Kimbcrly Blacscr in her lcc,
I ture at the Native American Resource
; f Center recently seemed to draw a
jf likeness between the visions of
I Wouaka and the efforts of modern
day Indian poets and writers to keep
' Native American culture alive. By
? 1 keeping the culture alive, these efforts
will be keeping a people alive, a
people wanting to live and native to
I this land
Like Wouaka however the survival
of Indian culture is co-dependent
on the English language.
Wouaka was able to communicate
across tribal lincsby using a common
language that many Indian had
learned to speak; English either from
their boarding school experiences or
other contacts with English speaking
Dr. Kimberly Blaeser and other
Native American poets and writers
are keeping present day Indian culture
alive by the retelling of our
stories and legends and the expression
of our feelings and insights for
today as they put pen to paper or key
board to printout. She is an excellent
reader also and her lecture reading
was much enjoyed and well received.
We are looking forward to hearing
more from her and other contemporary
Native American poets and writers.
|1 Pembroke Kiwanis Report
The weekly meeting was held
Tuesday evening a the Town and
Country Restaurant withFurnicLartibert
Program Chairman Vardcll Swett
presented a folk singer, good joke
teller, exceptional professional hill
billy character, father of five, excellent
salesman in selling his tapes
which he describes as full time work
for making a living and a truly grass
; roots entertainer. He has hopes of
directing musicals, his style of singing,
actin and performing as he did
for many years with "Strike at the
Wind." Carncll Locklear was the
man of the hour. He has exceptional
talent for performing. We wish him
continued success. We sure enjoyed
his singing and performing.
. Members of the Clinton Kiwanis
tvcrc visitors, including Lady Kiyvanian
Ann Butler. Also Charlie
Gaincy, JcfTSwartz, Clyde Locklear
and Ken Sutton
Dr. Rimbcrg's guests were Elaine
Nance of the North Carolina High
Sc'.iool Social Studies group and
Bernese Branch, both interested in
some day seeing in North Carolina
school of Social Studies started by
Dr. John Rimberg. Also Rex P
Altomorc formerly of Ohio now residing
in Pembroke visited us.
President Lambert gave tribute to
KiwanianBernard Lowry who passed
away this week. Bernard was very
active in Kiwanis having served as
president an d Lt. Governor of the
Seventh Carolinas District. President
Bob Lowrv, Bernard's son and
past 1995 Pembroke Kiwanis President,
expressed his thanks for the
lovely Kiwanis flowers. We all will
miss him as we have for several years
became of illness.
Invocation-Garth Locklcar. Song
leader- EdTects. Reporter-Ken Johnson.
l^fr : 4 1597 I
Shawn above is Little Miss Lumbee Angelica Marie Chavis
with Rep. Ronnie Sutton. The queen joined Rep. Sutton at the
Open House of his new law office on the Union Chapel Road,
Pembroke. She presented him an egraved paper weight for his
excellent representation of his constituents andfor his support of
a traffic light at the intersection near Purnell Swett High School.
Angelica wanted to commend Rep, Sutton for his interest in the
safety of Robeson Count}' school children.
Angelica is a student at Union chapel School where she is
involved in the academically gifted program under Ms. Wanda
To celebrate Black Hisotry Month Mrs. Frances M. Cummings was
invited to Roivtand Norment by the Cafeteria staff. She came out and had
lunch on Feb. 4. Mrs. Cummings is a former member of the NC House of
Representtives and also a former high school teacher of PSRC. She spoke
encouraging works to the students. Mrs. Head's fourth grade class sang the
song "Following the Drinking Gourd." Alfred Howard introduced the
song and sang with the group. Also celebreated in the cafeteria hws the
100th Day of School. Students who had been given the number 100
received free gifts.
Mrs. Cummings is shown above.
January was national uaimeai momn ana ai.so national .soup momn.
A taste test of Peach Cobbler with oats was done in third grade and with
staff. A vegetable .soup taste test was done in Mrs. Hritt's kindergarten
class. Both taste tests iron thehearts of students.
Shown with Mrs. Britt's classLs Margaret Stephens, Cafeteria Manager
and Miss Owen (iovan, assistant teacher.
(Say You Read It In The Carolina 1
To Siihsrihp Call 521-2826.
Literary Contest to be Part
of Indian Unity Conference
In conjunction with the NC IniianUnity
rfNorth Carolina. Inc is sponsoring
i literary contest. Essays and poetry
pieces before bci ng publ tshed. which
:xaminc elements of interest to native
American culture, specifically
those which address the conference
theme. "10.000 Years, the Stories
Continue in Unity." may be submitted
to. United Tribes. Inc Literary
Contest % P O Box 1265. Lumberton.
Open to any Native American living
in North Carolina orany member
of a North Carolina Indian tribe
Judging will be done in two ages
groups 17 and under and 18 and
Entries may be made in both categories:
Essay (up to 2000 words)
and poetry (prose-up to 30 lines)
tw o copies of the manuscript must
be t>pcd (essays) arc to be double
Category , word count (essay) or
line count (poetry), name, address,
phone number and tribal affiliation
must appear on the co\cr sheet
We regret that manuscripts cannot
A first place price of 450 and an
Honorable Mention will be awarded
each age group and each category .
Native ribbons, an opportunity and
pri/c winning piece at the conference
and publication in the 1998 NC
Indian Unity Conference program to
Winners and awards will be announced
at the Saturday Morning
General Assembly of .lite Conference.
March 15. in Faycttcvillc
Deadline for entries is March 5.
"Circle of Life " Project
by Elvera Locklear
The purpose of the Circle of Life
Project is to honor the Lumbec Indians
by making a sneaker with the
name "Lumbee: on it and to benefit
the North Carolina Indian Cultural
center, while helping everyone in
A community meeting was held
January 30, 1997 at the Pembroke
Courthouse. The purpose ofthe meeting
was to solicit feedback from local
citizens on this project. The feedback
at the meeting was positive.
The Shoe Design was the brain
child of Harold Collins, a worldrenowned
power lifter, Gene Schmitz.
a product developer for Converse.
Elvera Locklear, teacher and ViceChair
of the project and Roger Willie,
There will be only 200 pairs of the
commemorative "Lumbec Shoe"
made. The Commemorative show
will be auctioned off April 5,1997 at
the "World Record Breaki ng Events"
to be held at the N.C. Indian cultural
Center. This shoe is not to be worn.
Plans are to make a low-cut oxford,
leather, white sneaker with an
Indian design along with the high
top, brown, buck-suede with turquoise
trim sneaker with "Lumbec"
on the side, which is similar to the
cojhmemorative shoe shown at the
community meeting. These shoes will
be sold to the public for actual wear
ing. Shoes w ill be on sale on or before
Lumbcc Homecoming in July. These
sneakers will be produced by Converse,
Inc. in their Lumberton plant.
The Converse officialsare excited
about this project. It gives them a
change to give back to the county in
which they have operated for the past
We think that it is only right that
Converse have the opportunity to
produce this line of Native American
shoes since they were the main industry
that paved the way for many
Native Americans to leave the cotton
and tobacco fields and enter light
We have not held an official press
conference yet to unveil the final
products. The pair of shoes shown at
the community meeting was as a
sample made to give a general idea of
how the final product would appear.
As a result of the input which came
from the citi/cns a the community
meeting, there will be several small
adjustments made to the shoe
It was said by some on lookers that
"the shoe has the look of a moccasin
but it will wear like a sneaker ."
For information on how you can
place an order to the "Lumbcc"
sneaker, contact Harold Collins at
910-521 -8339, or Elvera Locklcar at
910-521-9500. Circle ofLife Project.
P.O. Box 2520. Pembroke. NC 28372
Fax # 910-521-1562.
1 Carta and Redemption
The Perry Sisters and Carta and Redemption willjoin members of New
Point Baptist Church on Highway -41, Lumberton on Saturday, March 8,
? at 7p.m. for a gospel singing. There will also be a barbecue and chicken
plate sale all day that day. Plates will be on sale for $5.00
f Also performing will be Community Quaertet, Shannon Assembly
Choir and others. The public Ls cordially invited to come early and eat
__supper, come expecting a blessing. A love offering will be received to
benefit the Jubilee Gospel Auditorium,
The Perry Sitters - ^