Joined Jun 20 2011
44 years old
As you may have figured out by now my name is Joe and I am a father of 2 awesome kids. I live in Western North Carolina. I am originally from Eastern North Carolina where my family has been deeply rooted since the mid to late 15oo's.I suppose it goes without saying that my story is no different than anyone else' s but I find it remarkable that my connection to the native people of North Carolina has always been apart of my family's oral traditions for as long as anyone can remember.
I am a descendant of Love Harris. My great grandmother was a Lucas and its through her line that I am related to the Bass(e) Family. Her father and mother were Jesse and Mary Bass Lucas. She was from Black Creek in Wilson Co. North Carolina.
As a child I was always interested in the Native American Culture. In my adolescence years I was inducted into the Order Of The Arrow which is a Brotherhood within the Boy Scouts Of America that was created to give honor to the native people of this land. It was there that I joined my Lodges Dance Team. Overall it was a great experience but my involvement wasn't always appreciated by some of those I attended school with who where actually full blooded Indians.
It was explained to me that as an Anglo American I could never fully understand and I was to them just another white person with a Indian Princess in the family. Looking back I understand their heart but what they said had a profound affect on me and eventually I forgot about my interest until about 3 years ago when I began to work on my family genealogy. It was then that I discovered my connection to that Chowanokes actually existed. I felt validate but with mixed emotions knowing the struggles that they endured at the hands of my white ancestor's.
I have joined this community for several reasons. (One ) Is that I am the sole researcher for my family. In February of this year my grandmother past away. It was through her that the oral tradition was passed. (Two) I believe that there is a spiritual connection that remains after we are gone that bonds us from generation and generation like links in a chain. I believe that our ancestors are not far from us. I believe that in every generation there is one chosen to safe guard critical details and information like stories and traditions. (Three) I have the right to know my heritage and it is my intent to know it because, someone long ago wanted the story to be told. Someone placed a value on this information to the degree that it was passed from generation to generation for the past 400 years. This decision was made in a time when it was unlawful for an Anglo to Intermarry yet our ancestors made it a point for us to know perhaps of their love ( because it endures all things, hopes all things, trust all things) or for another form of validation of history.
It is my hope that we, as a mixed people could some day come together and start having reunions. I would like to see a rediscovery of old traditions ( ex: language,songs,dances,crafts, fishing and building techniques.) That we might educate ourselves and the public,work environmentally to do community service projects,and perhaps even petition for land preservation for wildlife on tracts former tribal lands but I realize that all of these are all very presumptuous ideas to have. I hope I haven 't offend anyone and I welcome anyone's feed back.