Senior Ms. Lumbee 2013
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Mable Moses isn’t hard to find.
She can be spotted at any community event, volunteering and in the stands cheering on sporting teams at UNC-Pembroke.
Mrs. Mable’s face will become even more familiar since being crowned the new 2013-2014 Senior Ms. Lumbee. The pageant was held July 1, 2013.
She will be making numerous appearances throughout the county, region and state, promoting the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
“I was very surprised that I won,” Mrs. Mable said. “But this is a real honor to wear this crown and represent my people.”
She competed against four other ladies at a packed auditorium on the campus of Robeson Community College on June 1. Bonnie Locklear of Pembroke placed first runner-up. Peggy Locklear of Rowland took second place. Rounding out the court were Audrey Locklear of Lumberton and Angeleta Hunt of Fairmont.
They were judged in three categories: talent, regalia and on-stage questions. For her talent, Mrs. Mable performed a skit called “Aging Gracefully.” She sat on a chair, her jaws packed with snuff, as she cleaned clothes with a washboard and shared childhood memories and how much things has changed as an adult.
Mrs. Mable is no stranger to the pageant scene. She has competed in several pageants sponsored by the North Carolina Indian Senior Citizen Coalition.
“I felt like this was my year,” Mrs. Mable said. “I was honored at this year’s spring powwow and I’ve been presented with three Eagle Feathers. This year has been special.”
Mrs. Mable grew up in the Fairmont area, the daughter of Adnell and Maybell Oxendine Clark. She worked for Converse for 34 years, until the plant closed in 2001. She worked another five years as a certified nursing assistant. Her volunteer work spans 50 years.
She continues to give her time at Pine Street Activity Center and through the Lumbee Tribe’s Elders Department, teaching others about Lumbee culture. Mrs. Mable is an avid supporter of UNCPathletics and involved in the local political scene. You can also find her at the weekly culture classes at the new Pembroke Boys and Girls Club.
Mrs. Mable has been dancing in powwows for 15 years. She was presented with five Eagle Feathers at this year’s “Dance of the Spring Moon” powwow for her work organizing an honor ceremony for 120 elders.
The Senior Ms. Lumbee Pageant
is sponsored by the Lumbee Tribe’s Elder Services Department. The first pageant was held in July 2009.
The pageant showcases Lumbee culture by providing community development that allows our elders their place of honor in promoting our culture, history, heritage and culture. Senior Ms. Lumbee represents the essence and foundation of Lumbee culture and history.
For more information about the Elders Department, call Bobbi Jo Oxendine-Hammonds at (910) 522-2196.