*NC Culture would like to give a special thank you to James Hardin of the Lumbee Regional Development Association for the following information regarding the powwow, which is a yearly event.
“The Lumbee Pow-Wow spring from the 1960s civil rights movement as all tribes across the nation begin a renaissance movement to bring back their lost culture and art forms, using these events to bring about a rebirth of American Indian pride and a sense of identity particularly for their youth and total communities. Lumbee Regional Development Association Inc., which was the governing body of the tribe in 1968 begin cultural programs such as Lumbee Homecoming and a major tribal Pow-Wow that are still the largest attended American Indian events in NC. The purpose of these events is to help the tribe keep its culture, and history alive so Lumbee future generations will have a deep sense of identity and pride, so the social, economic, cultural, and educational contributions of the tribe to the regional and state can be shared with the public through these major events.”
James Hardin, Executive Director
PO Box 68
636 Prospect Road
Pembroke, NC 28372
A little about the photographer: Richard Mathis
“Art takes nature as its model.” Aristotle
Come celebrate art in nature with the award winning photography of Richard Mathis. Jennifer Dasal, associate curator for contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, has judged his work a winner in an art show. Art Galleries and Artists of the South Magazine featured Richard as an emerging artist. North Carolina Historical Review has used his work on its cover.
Come celebrate the “wow” experience of the incredible aesthetics and composition found throughout nature. Richard says that “When I take photos, it is as if I am taking personal pictures of my wife, my very life, my love, waiting with bated breath to see what glory and wonder she will reveal to me. I am but a child playing in the fields of creation, taking pictures of whatever me makes me go “wow”and smiling whenever someone else goes “wow” for they have recognized the beauty of my mother, Nature.”