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Lumbee Genealogy Symposium set for Oct. 24-25

Lumbee Genealogy

The Museum of the Southeast American Indian at UNC Pembroke will host the second annual Lumbee Genealogy Symposium October 24-25.

The event titled “Revealing the Matriarch: Uncovering the Hidden Legacy of Lumbee Women” will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Center Annex. Registration is $35 for general admission and $15 for participants 65 and older. There is no charge for UNCP students.

Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The two-day event is centered around the question: What is the Legacy of Women in Lumbee Society? This year’s symposium affords more time for participant engagement as well as hands-on-activities, and lineage chart and photo sharing.

The keynote panel is the cast of lumBEEs: Women of the Dark Water who will discuss their runaway hit play and the power of shared historical experiences.

The symposium aims to bring together research and resources and discuss family trees and related topics. Presenters include scholars and family researchers.

In partnership with the Lumbee Tribe and Wells Fargo, the Lumbee Genealogy Symposium will share the nuances of these stories to reveal the indigeneity of Lumbee history and culture.

The symposium will explore related topics such as how the Tuscarora and Yamasee wars changed the cultural existence of native people in North Carolina; how to read between the lines in archives; understanding the traditional role of women in southeastern native society; tribal enrollment requirements; and finding your Lumbee family in vital records, deeds and taxes.

Click here to view the full, two-day agenda.

For tickets or to register online, visit, call the GPAC Box Office at 910.521.6363 or call the museum at 910.521.6282. Contact the museum to request special accommodations. All sales are final. Tickets are nonrefundable and seating is limited.