Members of the Pembroke Elders Club normally meet every Monday, 8 am - 1 pm at the Pembroke Boys & Girls Club. They engage in numerous activities including beading, quilting, and of course, socializing. The Club is not gender-specific, men also participate.
Dr. Joann Lowery, the Club's current president, and the members visited the Tribal Office on April 10, 2017. They received an update from Chairman Godwin, were introduced to Tribal Administrator Dr. Freda Porter, and ended the visit by presenting a "scrappy" quilt that was donated by Ms. Gearldine Lowery.
Ms. Gearldine explained that it is called a scrappy quilt because that's what it's made of - leftover scraps from other projects. She explained that this particular quilt is made up of 25 blocks; that she made 1 to 2 blocks at a time for a total investment of approximately 5 days; the stitching was done by hand and that took about 2 to 3 weeks.
The elements in the quilt represent at least 3 geographic areas within the US where Native Americans reside: the arrows and feathers represent Southeast Natives; the totem represents Northwest Natives; and finally, the Kachina and Navaho symbols represent the Southwest.
To say the least, the quilt is a beautiful piece of art representing Native Americans across America.
Thank you to Ms. Gearldine Lowery, Dr. Joann Lowery, and the other members who made the trip to the Tribal Office.