Feeding the ancient fires: a collection of writings by North Carolina American Indians

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Moore, MariJo, ed. Feeding the ancient fires: a collection of writings by North Carolina American Indians. [Greensboro, NC]: The Crossroads Press (a project of the North Carolina Humanities Council), 1999. 78 pages.


This collection includes works generated by a series of writing workshops led by editor MariJo Moore in 1997 and 1998. The workshops, held in Cherokee, Greensboro, Hillsborough, and Dublin, were sponsored (as was this collection) by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Effort was made--in the workshops, as well as in the Collection, to include as many tribal groups as possible. The Preface (written by Harlan Joel Gradin, assistant director/director of programs for the North Carolina Humanities Council) indicates that the collection--like North Carolina's Native American population--is heavily Lumbee and Cherokee. The poems, artworks, and brief prose pieces are grouped by the following broad themes: American Indian Woman; The Circle of Life; Ritual Power and Cultural Survival; and The Power of Change from Contact. Sixteen pieces are by Lumbee people; they are:

  • “The Strength of a Nation,” by Constance Lynne Barton 
  • “Woman,” by Sarah Jerabek 
  • “My Mother is an Indian,” by Joel M. Rogers 
  • “Keeping the Circle,” by Barbara Braveboy-Locklear
  • “Ceremony,” by Claude Lowry, Jr. 
  • “Corn Woman on Wooden Spoon,” by Marianne Jacobs 
  • “Dear Grandpa,” by Shieka K. Locklear 
  • “Thickest Blood,” by Victoria Oxendine
  • “The Beauty of the Past,” by Brian Brayboy 
  • “One Great People,” by Yvonne Barnes Dial 
  • “Out of Canaan . . . into the Land of Egypt,” by Daystar Dial 
  • “My People's Dream Catcher,” by Sharon Oxendine 
  • “Who Are You?” by Becky Goins
  • “To Learn Your Language,” by Julia Lowry Russell 
  • “Unity,” by Wendy Moore-Cummings 
  • “Indians of this Generation,” by Jefferson Currie 
  • Reproduction of a painting by Karl Anthony Hunt
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