You know the old saying, “You need poke salet to thin your blood and get you ready for the summer”? This spring tonic is a controversial nefarious weed. More than likely growing wild in your backyard, Pokeweed has been a southern delicacy for centuries. You won’t find this weed on an official list of edible native plants. This wild green comes with a warning label due to its relation to the nightshade plant. But yet, every spring “poke salad” fanciers gather the young shoots despite the warning label.Continue reading “Folklife: Cooking Up a Batch of Poke Salet Brings Fond Memories”
“Chief Buffalo Child” Long Lance had a life that some people dream of having. He was a graduate of Carlisle Indian School and West Point Academy, best selling author, Hollywood actor, and life long friend of Jim Thorpe. But his past eventually caught up with him and he became a legend among one of the greatest imposters.Continue reading ““Chief Buffalo Child” Long Lance: Tragedy of a Native American Hollywood Legend”
Continue reading “People of the Dark Water: The Lumbee Controversy for Sovereignty”
“They say we’re not real Indians!” For over 100 years, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has been fighting for federal recognition amidst the controversy surrounding their heritage.
When one thinks of the Civil Rights era, it’s usually a black and white issue. North Carolina, however, was one of the few states labeled tri-racial. There were three school systems, three seating areas, and three water fountains. Descended from the Tuscarora tribe and member of the North Carolina Coharie Tribe, Hughie Maynor’s family and ancestorial roots historically date back to before 1712. But during the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, he faced hardship and adversity, from extreme poverty to tri-segregated schools. When he was 13 years old, he helped organize and participate in North Carolina’s first Native American Sit-In protest in 1960 that took his fight all the way to the federal courts.Continue reading “Civil Rights in Carolina: A Native American’s Story”
The time-honored saying of “Kissing don’t last, cookery do!” seems to characterize our memories of the old ways of cooking in the South and Appalachia.Continue reading “Folklife: Creasy Greens and Leather Britches”
My grandma Viola Brewington and Aunt Gaynelle Carter could “talk the fire out” of several burns I received as a child. When I was a teenager, I asked Grandma Viola if she could show me how to do it. She told me that the gift had to be handed down from a man.Continue reading “Folklife: The Faith Healing Tradition of “Talking Out the Fire””