American Indian Studies

Native American Speakers Series

Spirit Wing

Spirit Wing
January 23, 2015
7 p.m.
Moore Hall Auditorium
Admission is free

The music of Spirit Wing brings its unique brand of Native American roots music to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Friday, January 23, at 7 p.m. in Moore Hall Auditorium.

The performance is part of the Native American Speakers Series and admission is free and open to the public.

Husband and wife recording artists Barry Lee (Munsee Tribe) and Barbara Christy (Seneca/Munsee) stop for a one-night-only, coffeehouse-style performance. Spirit Wing, a six-time Native American Music Award (NAMMY) nominee, has appeared at many Native American festivals throughout the U.S. Their songs include “To Walk in Beauty” and “When the Buffalo Come Back.”

Spirit Wing’s music originates from the folk-acoustic tradition with Native songs that date back hundreds of years. Christy (vocals, flute, percussion) and Lee (vocals, guitar) invite audiences to join them in their traditional social dances of the Eastern Woodlands Indians.

Spirit Wing’s impassioned performances show their intense respect for their people and the history of Native Americans. They are one of the most popular Native American acts in the Middle Atlantic states. Their musical tours have taken them from powwows in Colorado to concerts in the eastern United States.

Lakota John - Photo Credit: Aaron Greenhood

Joining them on stage later in the show will be Lakota John (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota), a NAMMY-nominated blues guitarist from Pembroke.

To learn more about Sprit Wing and to listen to their music, visit: Visit Lakota John’s website at

The community is also invited to play along with Spirit Wing at a musical meet-and-greet on Thursday, January 22, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Pembroke.

Spirit Wing is hosted by UNC Pembroke’s Southeast American Indian Studies program and Department of American Indian Studies along with Jumbo Arts International.

The next performer in the Native American Speakers Series is the comedy troupe 1491s on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit



The 1491s

The 1491s
March 19, 2015
7 p.m.
Givens Performing Arts Center
Admission is free

The 1491s, an American Indian comedy group, will perform at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke on March 19, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center as part of the Native American Speakers Series. The event is free and open to the public.

The 1491s are a collective of American Indian writers, filmmakers, visual and traditional artists, and advocates of Native language, culture and community. Founded in 2009, the group has a distinctly indigenous brand of satire.

Through comedy, the 1491s work to dismantle stereotypes of Native people and to represent the complexities of contemporary Native identity and experience. (ICT) described the 1491s as “some of the funniest people in Indian country; they hold a mirror up to the culture and critique it with a pointed stick.” Viewers of their videos, according to ICT, “can see once taboo subject matters brought to a head and then lanced like a boil that’s needed to be popped for the last [523] years.” Their videos “range from biting cultural satire and serious political statements to just plain goofiness.”

In their own words, “the 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties. They were at Custer’s Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum. the 1491s teach young women to be strong. And teach young men how to seduce these strong women.”

Capitalizing on the use of social media to disseminate their content worldwide, the 1491s have built a Facebook fan base of over 22,000 and their YouTube channel boasts nearly three million views.

View samples of their videos at

The performance contains content and language intended for mature audiences.

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at 910.521.6485 or or Lawrence T. Locklear at 910.775.4579 or Please also visit


Past Speakers

Dr. Walter Echo-Hawk
Dr. Walter Echo-Hawk