An insightful and informative look into the Waccamaw Siouan's quest for identity and survival
Waccamaw Legacy: Contemporary Indians Fight for Survival sheds light on North Carolina Indians by tracing the story of the now state-recognized Waccamaw Siouan tribe from its beginnings in the Southeastern United States, through their first contacts with Europeans, and into the 21st century, detailing the struggles these Indians have endured over time. We see how the Waccamaw took hold of popular theories about Indian tribes like the Croatan of the Lost Colony and the Cherokee as they struggled to preserve their heritage and to establish their identity.
Patricia Lerch was hired by the Waccamaw in 1981 to perform the research needed to file for recognition under the Bureau of Indian Affairs Federal Acknowledgement Program of 1978. The Waccamaw began to organize powwows in 1970 to represent publicly their Indian heritage and survival and to spread awareness of their fight for cultural preservation and independence. Lerch found herself understanding that the powwows, in addition to affirming identity, revealed important truths about the history of the Waccamaw and the ways they communicate and coexist.
Waccamaw Legacy outlines Lerch’s experience as she played a vital role in the Waccamaw Siouan's continuing fight for recognition and acceptance in contemporary society and culture.
Contents List of Figures and Table 000 Preface 000 1. The Eastern Siouans: "We Was Always Indians" 000 2. Society along the Borderlands 000 3. þFrom the Time of the Indians until 1920" 000 4. Tribal Names as Survival Strategies: Croatan and Cherokee 000 5. The Wide Awake Indians 000 6. þI Was an Indian, I Was Outstandingþ 000 7. The Waccamaw Bill and the Era of Termination 000 8. The Powwow Paradox 000 9. Waccamaw Siouan Indians 000 References 000 Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Waccamaw Indians Ethnic identity, Waccamaw Indians Tribal citizenship, Waccamaw Indians Legal status, laws, etc, Federally recognized Indian tribes Southern States, Indian termination policy Southern States, United States Race relations, United States Politics and government