Tribal Reps A Part of ECU's Kickoff Celebration for National Endowment for the Arts Program
Representatives of the Lumbee, Haliwa-Saponi and Waccamaw-Siouan tribes were part of East Carolina University’s kickoff celebration for the National Endowment for the Arts program, Big Read-Greenville. The six-week shared reading experience, which will focus on Joy Harjo’s best-selling poetry collection “An American Sunrise,” is designed to spark conversation and establish connections within the community.
Tammy Maynor, administrator for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, told more than 60 people gathered at Five Points Plaza that inviting tribal leaders to be part of the event spoke volumes about the university’s desire to be inclusive. “To invite us to be here today, to remember that the American Indian is strong and much alive in North Carolina, we really do appreciate that,” she said. “This is meaningful consultation.”