PEMBROKE — A documentary about educators from the Lumbee Tribe will premiere at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Sept. 24.
“Telling Our Stories: Recollections of Lumbee Indian Teachers” was directed by Stan Knick, who oversees the university’s Museum of the Southeast American Indian. The 28-minute film sprang from an oral history project that Knick completed last year.
“The idea for this project grew out of a desire to capture oral histories from elder Lumbee teachers as a way to preserve their experiences for future generations of students and teachers,” he said. “Collecting oral histories is an important part of the mission of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian.”
The eight retired teachers featured in the film include Agnes Hunt Chavis; Roy D. Chavis; Alceon B. Jones; Dolores Carter Jones; Josephus Locklear; Gloria Tara Lowery; Loretta O. Oxendine; and Helen Locklear Smith.
“Some of the stories are funny; some of them are poignant,” Knick said. “But all of the stories provide windows into local culture, attitudes and values. It was fascinating to listen to these stories as they were told, and working with the teachers was very rewarding.”
Knick previously edited, produced and directed “Knowledge, Wisdom and the Traditional Mind: The Nottoway in the 21st Century.” Released in 2014, the feature was named Best Regional Film at the 17th annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast.
The premiere of “Telling Our Stories” is free to attend and will begin at 7 p.m. inside the museum. For information, call 910-521-6282.