Editorial and Opinion Page
The North Carolina Indian Cultural
Center is For All Nd?ire-AUtericons
Dear Ms Connec.
In the May 8th issue of the Caiolina
Indian Voice's front page concerning
the article on Representative
Ron Sutton's Report on House Bill
517, he stated that the Indian Cultural
Center is not a Luitibec issue,
but an all Native American issue in
North Carolina 1 agree with hint
100%. You sec, the Lumbcc people
have be, n grumbling and disagreeing
as long as I can remember 1 ani
a mere 63 y car old Lumbcc Elder and
can remember way back as a young
boy of the good times we had at the
Long House My mother and her
cousins, and also others who wanted
a gathering placedid something about
it They spent many months cutting
pine timbers, peeling bark from them
and erected a place to meet and carry
on our cultural tradition As the
"younguns" aswc were called, itwas
our duties to Dob the spaces between
the timbers with a mixture of clay
Of course, iherc were hecklers
and doubters back then w ho said we
were a bunch ofcra/ics and fanatics,
but that did not stop us from accortr- '
plishing a great task Look around
vou at the big hundreds of thousands"
of dollars homes going up and mansions
all over our count> and wc can't
conic up with monies to acquire the
Cultural Center'' I believe ifthe people
who can swing a hammer in our
native Robeson County (people who
have pull and connections with our
brothers and sisters and also some
ones dedicated to the cause and not in
it to fill their pockets and flee, leaving
us to hold the back, the Cultural
Center will be a big calling card to
the Lumbcc people As I stated in a
recent article I wrote, we have so
many resources right here on the
Lumber River and the Center itself
could bring in a lot of revenue. The
thing is. as Representative Sutton
said, vvc have to get people to work
diligently and conic up w ith ways to
jyt thdlhrce million dollars we need
bcforelhc tunc runs outs again
; You may say lam blowing smoke
Ijnt 1 can tell you this, the years I
spent ^\ay from Robeson County I
saw many miraculous feats lake place
because people hada drcarnand acted
to make it a reality The white man
and African Americans can accomplish
goals, raise millions and millions
of dollars when they want something.
so why can't we as Native
Americans call out to our brothers
and sisters for help in making this
dream conic true? The Revels Homestead
recently purchased can attract
many opportunities to have functions,
shows, etc and it is an easy
access to the Lumber River events
1 urge you if you want to see it
conic true, gel behind the ones who
will steer the w heel and be proud you
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y Is there a positively sure command
in the Bible that we should
keep the Sabbath? A: Lev. 23;03 Six
days shall work be done: but the
seventh day is the sabbath or rest, an
holy convocation; ye shall do no w ork
therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord
in all your dwellings. Dcut. 05:12
Keep lite sabbath day to Sanctify it, as
the Lord thy God hath commanded
thee. Dent. 05:14 But the seventh day
is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in
it thou shall not do any work. thou,
north;, nor thy daughter, nor thy
manservant, nor thy maidservant,
northincox, nor thine ass. nor any of
thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is
within thy gates, that thy manservant
and thy maidservant may rest as well
as thou. Deul. 05:15 And remember
that thou wast a servant in the land of
Egypt, and that the Lord thy God
brought thee out thence through a
mighty hand and by a stretched out
arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded
thee to keep the sabbath day.
Nch. 10:31 And if the people of the
land bring ware or any viclualson the
sabbath day to self, that we would not
buy it of them on the sabbath, or op
the holy day. and (hat We'ivould liavc
the seventh year, and the exaction of
every debt Q: Will the Sabbath be
finally done away with at the end of
the world? A: Since it is the memorial
of the creation of this world by
Jesus, it will never be done away
with, and in fact the keeping of the
sabbath is prophesied for those w ho
live in the Earth made new? Isa
66:22,23 Foras the new heavens and
the nevy earth, which I will make,
shall remain before me, saith the
Lord, so shall your seed and your
name remain. And it shall come to
pass, that from one new moon to
another, and from one sabbath to
another, shall all flesh come to worship
before me, saith the Lord Q:
Didn't Jesus break the Sabbath? A:
First of all Jesus didn't sin. by definition
of sin found in 1 John 3 :4, and
since the Sabbath is part of the 10
commandments, we see therefore that
Jesus could not have broken the Sabbath
and still have been our sinless
Savior on Calvary. The reason that
the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking
the Sabbath was that He had no
respect for their manmadc additions
to the law, these manmadc additions
were very self serving, for instance
they allowed themselves to get their
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claimed Jesus broke the Sabbath for
healing on that day. It was not the
real law that He was breaking, but
their manmade traditions and perceptions
of Sabbath keeping requirements.
Q: What does the Bible teach
about the proper way to keep the
Sabbath? A: Of course we have the
command itself in Ex. 20:8-11 and
the following verses, but a lot of it's
left to your conscience Isa 58:11 If
thou turn away thy foot from the
sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on
my holy day; and call the sabbath a
delight, the holy of the Lord
honourable, and shalt honour him.
not doing thine own ways, not finding
thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words: Mat 12:10-12 And,
behold, there was a man which had
his hand withered. And they asked
him. saying Is it lawful to heal on the
sabbath days? that they might accuse
him. And he said unto them. What
man shall there be among you, thai
shall have one sheep, and if it fall intc
a pit on the sabbath day, will he noi
lay hold on it. and lift it out? How
much then is a man better than i
sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to d<
well on the sabbath days Q: Wha
was Jesus' custom and His example
for us to follow on how to keep the
Sabbath? A John 05:09 And immediately
the man was made whole, and
took up his bed, and walked: and on
the same day was the sabbath. Mark
03:02 And they watched him, whether
he would heal him.on the sabbath
day; that they might accuse him
Mark 03:04 And he saith unto them.
Is il lawful to do good on the sabbath
days, or to do evil? to save life, or to
kill? But they held their peace. Mark
06:02 And when the sabbath day was
come, he began to teach in the sy nagogue:
and many hearing him were
astonished, saying From whence hath
this man these things? and what wisdom
is this which is given unto him.
that even such mighty works arc
wrought by his hands? John 05:10
The Jews therefore said unto him
that was cured. It is the sabbath day:
il is not lawful for thee to carry thy
bed John 05:16 And therefore did
the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought
to slay him. because he had done
these things on the sabbath day Luke
04:16 And he cam loNa/areth. where
he had been brought up: and. as his
custom was. he went into the sy nagogue
on the sabbath day. and stood
up for to read. Luke 04- 31 And came '
down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee.
and taught them on the sabbath
days Luke 06:06 And it came to pass
also on another sabbath, that he entered
into the synagogue and taught
and there was a man whose right
hand was withered. Luke 13:10 And
he was teaching in oncof the synagogues
on the sabbath Luke 13:14.15
And the rulcf of the sy nagogue answered
with indignation, bccauscthai
Jpsus had healed on the sabbath day .
and said unto the people There arc
six days in which men ought to work:
in them therefore come and be healed,
and not on the sabbath day. The Lord
them answered him, and said, Thou
hypocrite, doth not each one of you
on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass
from the stall, and lead him away to
watering? Luke 13:16 And ought not
this woman, being a daughter of
Abraham, whom Satan hath bound,
lo, these eighteen years, be loosed
from this bond on the sabbath day'?
Luke 14:03 And Jesus answering
spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees
saying. Is it lawful to heal on the
sabbath day? John 07:23.... If a man
on the sabbath day receive circumcision,
that the law on Moses should
not be broken, arc ye angry at ipe
because I have made a man every
whit whole on the sabbath day? Sec
also Mark 1:21 We can sec it was
Jesus' example to heal, to teach, to
preach, to give consolation, and to go
to church! Even emergencies were
allowed for Lk 14:5. Shouldn't wc
follow Jesus' example?
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Last week we began looking at
Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac's
ideas about storytelling, expressed in
his book TellMeA Tale: A Bobk'AboOt'
Storytelling. We saw that the
beginning of storytelling is in
listening ? training your ears and
your mind to hear every sound in your
environment. Listening to whatever
goes on around you 'is vital
preparation for becoming a good
Where do stories originate?
Bruchac says that all human beings
have "storytelling roots." The deepest
source of these roots is our ancestors,
whether they are Native American,
Irish, Yoruba or Chinese (or
whatever).. Almost all modern
Americans have more than one kind of
ancestry, arid each kind has its own
- history, folklore and songs. Some of
these sources of ancestral stories can
be found in books or on the Internet.
Some of them can be heard by asking
the elders of your family.
This brings us to the second level
of "storytelling roots:" your own
family. Virtually everyone has some
kind of family, whether it is
biological, adopted or a step-family.
Every family has some kind of
"One kind of family story that is
very common in America is the story
of how your family came to where you
now live. Then there are stories about
what it was like when one of your
older relatives was a child, stories about
how people met each other and got
married, stories about things that have
happened in your family (p. 7)."
A third level of "storytelling roots"
is from your home. Any place where
human beings live has a story ? how
it got its name; what happened there
long ago; what continues to happen
there. Some of these story-sources are
in books in local libraries, and some
come from historical societies and
The fourth level of "storytelling
roots" comes from your own life. Each
person experiences things in his or her
own way, just as each human being is
different from the next. As is the case
with the other levels of "storytelling
roots," some of these stories from your
own life may not always be entirely
"Not all parts of life are easy. But
something bad or unhappy can be less
painful and easier to understand when
it is made into a story. Young or old,
we each have lots of stories about
journeys we have taken, friends we
have met, and things we have
discovered (p. 9)."
Wherever the "storytelling roots"
grow from, it is not too difficult to
cultivate them into good stories.
Maybe the siory willbemeantto teach"
an important lesson about something
you have learned and want others to
know. Maybe the story will be meant
for entertainment ? to bring a smile
or pass the time. Maybe the story will
be about the way things used to be, or
how things came to be the way they
are, or how they ought to be. Maybe
the story will be true; maybe it won't.
Maybe the most important thing about
a good story is that it connects people
to each other through shared images,
shared history or shared laugbter.
Bruchac tells several stories about''
names: "I have an Adirondack"
storyteller friend named Bill Smith,"
whose ancestors came from Scotland.
Generations ago his family's name '
was MacGregor, but because the'"
MacGregors were outlawed by the "
king, they changed their family name.'
A Jewish American friend of mine named
Greg told me about a relative of
his whose family name is Ding. This
is an unusual last name, but that name '
was created by accident when one of''
his ancestors arrived in the United .
States at Ellis Island, where:
immigration officials were asking
names. The man ahead of Greg's,
relative had the same name that he did...,
Greg's relative spoke a little English ;
and he was proud of that. So, when it...
was his turn, he thought he was ready j 'What
is your name?' asked the,official.
'Same ding as him,' said the
man, pointing at the man in front of .
him. He was trying to say 'same..
thing,' but the immigration officer
heard it differently. 'Sam Ding,' said'
the immigration official, writing itinto
' his book. The man tried to protest, but '
once it was written down, that was '
that And Ding is still the family name'
to this day (p. 11-12)."
Next week we will consider more'
of Bruchac's ideas about stories, and
move on to the next step on the road 10
good storytelling. - For more-'
information, visit the Native"'
American Resource Center in historic'
Old Main Building, on the campus of
The University of North Carolina at
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