Editorial and Opinion Page I Fifth AnnuaI Spiritual and Traditional Gath FATHER'S DAN WEEK END June 13, 14, 15, 1997 Sponsored by the Lumbee Comtcil of Elders North Carolina Indian Cultural Center There will be dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling and demonstrations occurring day and night. No schedule of events. All time is "Indian time." |y*NO VENDORS (SELLERS) 1 Traders (Bartering Only) v ) > : ? n ^No Admission *No Prizes *No Competition v. y rym Anyone can barter for any item displayed. Anyone wishing to trade Native made crafts etc. bring Blanket and set up FREE. CAMPING IS FREE. Lodges of any style have preference at the site. Primitive camping preferred. NO HOOK UPS Seperatc area for trailers, motorhomes Drums, tfoncers, singers, storytellers, craftpeople, artists, riders, middleage and the yeung people are more weltome and much needed. nder.'-rl fr6?lon*a1 Gf?? rio^"* m?r?,nS eveninV -#1 3H "O t> ? J* f? DTS P2 K Em wO ?cL '?! Is l/J r-l =3* O ? .. fN Z.^ OS P St ? ? y K-2 Off ?.? UJ g p 2 K a go eeP O o U.T) One item of non-perishable food will entitle one meal ticket. ALL food and clothes gathered will be donated tp The Robeson County Church and Community . Center. 7 ^SpoaMrvdln p*rtbyTiUc V. lEAProjtram. Lumbec Council ofElderi?\ ' Ihe Cirolmt Inditn Voice end Lumbee Repcml Development Anooi- I ^boo. Inc., end the North CerolU Indian Cultural Center J ^a^T)lVr* jl J U Dr Director? I rOsW^FT3^ g v -? I'NCP Native American Resource Center J (Author's Note: With this segment we return to the series on storytelling.) We have taken Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac's first two steps on the road to good storytelling: listening and observing (from his book Tell Me A Tale: A Book About Storytelling). This week we move on to his third step ? remembering. Memory may be the most important, and yet the most taken-forgranted, function of the brain. If the ancient human beings had not bad memory, they would not have been able to develop diverse and adaptive cultures, systems of social organization^and kinship, ways of looking at things, beliefs and values and most of the rest of what makes us , distinctly "human." Very little would be possible without memory. As i Bruchacsays: "Withoutmcmory, there ; would be no history." ] But most of the time we don't I even think about memory. Memory is i like culture, in the sense that most of i the time we don't think about it, we 1 just live if Both memory and culture j are so "built-in" to our everyday lives I that we don't need to think about them ?. on a conscious level. As long as they < are there in our heads and working < properly, everything goes along in an ; ordinary fashion. They are usually < only conspicuous in their absence. If I something is missing from our culture < or from our memory, we may be upset < or we may not know what to do. Bruchac says: "Theonly time weseem j to remember memory is when we actually do forgef" 1 But memory is not just about the < past. It is also tied to the present and < the future. Bruchac writes: j "Knowing the past can protect the i future. And story is one of the best l ways to make thos: memories of the I past come alive. Memorizing names ] i*J It # fit" ?' and dales can be boring and difficult. Remembering the stories associated with those names and dates, however, can be exciting and interesting. If names and dates are the bones of the past, stories are the flesh and breath that make those dry bones come alive again." Bruchac and others have argued that human memory works best when it is the form of a story. The brain is capable of storing so much information that it are like a very powerful computer. Often when we can't remember something, it is not because that thing is no longer in our heads but rather that we are not using the right pathway or access code to get at it: "As with a computer, wcjust need to know how to access the right file. Storytelling is like a powerful password.... Information in our mind that we shape into the form of a story is much easier to remember.... One memory device is to think of the story like a joke. After all, most jokes are just very short stories that are intended to make people laugh! So... look at the structure of the joke. A joke can be iivided into three parts: the setup, the ievclopment, and the punch line.... If ^ou have ever known anyone who :an't tell a joke, it is probably because le or she either forgets one of the three dements... or tells them in the wrong irder." Here is Bruchac's example of a good three-part joke: The Setup: "A man was driving lis brand-new car down the road. No me else was on the highway, and so be iecided to see how fast the car could 50. fie pushed the accelerator all the way to the floor, and before he knew it that car was doing over 120 miles an tiour. All of a sudden, something passed his car as if it were standing still. It was a chicken with three legs!" The Development: . "The man ,'. had never seen anything like that before. I Ic followed the chicken as " best he could, even though it was getting farther and farther ahead. Suddenly it turned off onto a dirt road that led up to a farm. The man followed. When he reached the farmyard and stopped his car, he got another surprise. That farmyard was full of chickens and everyone of them had three legs. He saw a farmer sitting up on the porch and decided to go up and ask him about those chickens. But before be could say a word to the fanner, the farmer said to him, 'I bet you want to know about those three-legged chickens.' 'That's right,' said the man. 'Well," said the farmer, 'my wife and my son and me, we love to eat chickens. . The problem is that all three of us . I love drumsticks. Now most ' chickens have only two legs, so we bred these chickens to have three. That way, whenever we have chicken, we can each have a drumstick.'" The Punchline: "'Well,' said the man to the farmer, 'that is really something. But tell me, bow do those '' threfe-legged chicken taste?' The farmer shook his head. 'I don't rightly knovfc We've never been -> able to catch one.'" It is easy to see why Bruchac believes that memory is an essential element in storytelling. Not only would there be no history without memory, there would be no funny stories either. ' Next week we will look at the fourth ; and final step on Bruchac's path to 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 Pembroke. . (j f Say You Read it ill the Carolina Indian J .. Voice. To subscribe call 521-2826 I "i Dollar Hill Oxendine, son oj lithe late Hirtir Oxen dine, is shown pumping pas when he was a teen aper. Employee! of Oxendine'i Ttrv Center left to right: Jeff erg Oxendine, DoUar BUI Oxendine, Birtir Oxendine and Jimmy Ray Oxrndine. In Loving Memory of Birtir Oxendine pi April 19,1930-May 3, 1995 P In memory of Birtir Oxendine. We miss your presence, but in our hearts you will never be forgotten. Happy Father's Day Wife, family and friends, also your customers at OXENDINE TIRE I qj (Oxendine Tire is beinf> operated by Jeff Oxendine, son of llirtir Oxendine, in the same location. SPOTLIGHT ONoxendlne's Tire Center If LOCAl. BUSINESS PERSONS ll by Barbara Brayboy-bockUar Sotical to THE CAROLINA INDIAN VOICE Hie Birtir Oxendine family has taken its ahare of life's hardknocks. Bui with determination, the members always sprang back. In 1968, Oxendine laid down his farm equipment Mother Nature had caused one too many crop failures for the tenant farmer, Ms wife and five children. His wife took a job in a textile plant and he rented a service station in Pembroke. , Tilings went rather well in the business until the gasoline shortage came in the early '70's. Independent gas station operators suffered most when it came time to receive fuel from suppjjera. Hie hope of hanging on to his business began to fade obfjrjg that time for Oxendine. Oxendine's school-age sons helped at the station, and when things got real tight, he'd allow them to take stock items such as cigarettes, gum, crackers and soft drinks to sell outside the business. This enabled the businessman to move the items while giving his sons an opportunity to earn money. One son, Billy Ray "Dollar Bill" drew on the opportunity and earned enough money to help support his high school education. He even paid forhis senior class ring. "I* d lake the items to school and hide them in my locker." says Dollar Bill. "TTien during break. I'd sell them to iny classmates." The eleventh-grader fully understood he was breaking school rules, but he needed money. "I did it to take a financial burden off my parents who were trying to hold on to a failing business," he adds. Hie smart enterprising practices and involvement In school activities caused hia classmates to start calling (he popular twelfth-grader "Dollar Bill." The name stuck. Meanwhile, the father figured since he couldn't get enough gas to draw customers, he'd try adding something else customers needed tires. Demand for them was strong. A keen business sense convinced him to re-invest his profits. In 1976, the rati red farmer gambled and planted an acre of cucumbers. Hoping, for a good crop, he set sights on establishing a business in his own building on property he owned outside Pembroke. It was a bumper crop. From it was born Oxandine's Hre Center. Over the past decade, the family-owned and operated business has flourished. Hie building, as was the business, was built from the ground I "** I s up by family members. "My daddy la a jack of-all-trades," * ? says Dollar Bill. Hie facility boasts six work bays and can H s accommodate 12 automobiles. H "4 During the first couple of years the business offered only H "4 recapped tires and limited service. Today with four full-time H ^ employees, it offers a full line of tires, new, used and H ^ recapped. The operators can fit tires on industrial, passenger, H ^ truck and farm vehicles. H ^ The business specializes in front end alignment and brake H > service. It also offers computer balancing and 24-hour road H > service. "We decided to offer those services because they go H s hand-in-hand with tires," says Dollar Bill who is office H % manager for the business. H *4 He says his father, who founded the business, is the "top H > boss" and makes sure things are run right. And that H I customers' satisfaction is never to be compromised. "Industry surveys prove that consumers want quality and service at a competitive price and in that order," he comments. "They want to buy from an informed source they can trust" H ?! Serving customers and other people comes easily for Dollar ?| Bill. He loves people and they respond to him. The Lumbee Indian was bom with deformed lega. Nine surgical operations H snd years of encouragement from his parents have enabled him to walk right alongside other, people with a high self-esteem. After eight hours on the job at Southeastern General Hospital H as housekeeping supervisor, he returns to thf family business H jj to help out until closing time. He doesn't leave.jtfter everyone else does. Instead, he busies himself doing the bookkeeping in an adjoining office. Once that's finished, the bachelor usually has dinner at a local restaurant and returns to sleep overnight H ! on a bed in the business office. He is devoted to his beloved h^t. Airy Baptist Church And would be interested in marriage if the right Christian woman came along. Until she comes along, the 31-yearold will continue to take his meals away from home and donate his H time to church, civic organizations, helping to cheer sick H?; people, and to running the family business. Oxendine's Tire Center is located in the Whispering Pines Subdivision oft State Road 1010 in Pembroke. Business hours are Mon-FVi. 8 0 p.m. Saturday 8 8 p.m. Telephone: 621 3346 or 621 4590. ?