Indian by birth: the Lumbee dialect

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Indian by birth: the Lumbee dialect. Produced by Walt Wolfram. Narrated by Linda Oxendine. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Language and Life Project, North Carolina State University; Pembroke, NC: Museum of the Native American Resource Center, and Department of American Indian Studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2000.


This interesting and attractively produced video provides a concise but detailed overview of Lumbee language and related topics that bear upon it. The video provides glimpses of a wide range of locations and activities important to the Lumbee: the Lumbee River, the Lumbee Homecoming parade, powwows, the railroad, Robeson County highways, swamps, farms, combines, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Individuals who explain various aspects of the topic include Hayes Alan Locklear, Karl A. Hunt, Stanley Knick, Linda Oxendine, Carnell Locklear, and Hubbard Lowry. These speakers explain some of the tribal roots of Lumbee speech; possible influences (such as colonists and the Scots-Irish), and features of the dialect (vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar). Unusual words within Lumbee vocabulary include ellick, juvimber, mommuck, and toten.

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