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    Native Americans embrace their heritage New center will feature cultural education and Lost Colony research Washington Daily News, Washington, NC, September
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      Native Americans

      embrace their heritage

      New center will feature cultural
      education and 'Lost Colony' research

      Washington Daily News,
      Washington , NC ,
      September 10, 2006
      (-written by Christina Hale, staff writer)

      Evelyn Frances King and her husband William have
      spent most of their lives embracing their Native
      American ancestry in Martin County through
      genealogical research and area events.

      Although William King has retired as Chief of the
      Mattamuskeet Indian Coalition, he continues
      to organize and pay for annual powwows ...

      The celebration was open to the public
      and featured authentic native dances.

      There was no charge for the event and
      vendors sold native arts and crafts.

      William "Wise Bear" King

      In the past, the Kings have not been able to
      organize a larger event because of the cost,
      but a new cultural center has offered
      to sponsor their future powwows.

      A center for Lost Colony research is in the
      developmental stages in Martin County and
      will feature cultures of all kinds, including
      the Native American culture, said Evelyn King.

      The idea of the center started with Fred
      Willard, who has been researching the
      Lost Colony for five years, she said.

      He was given an old school building in the rural
      community of Farm Life in Martin County .

      The Kings have been asked to be
      on the board for the new center.

      Evelyn King hopes to use the four acres
      on the property for future powwows.

      "We won't have to take the money out of our
      pockets .. it will be sponsored by the center.

      My husband and I will still be
      instrumental in organizing the event."

      She hopes to use the land to display "a replica
      of our Native American village," she said.

      The Native American culture will be
      a prevalent part of the new center
      because "that's the Lost Colony," she said.

      Evelyn "Two Braids" King

      Evelyn King has been researching Native
      American ancestry for 15 to 20 years.

      She said the Croatan Indians
      "didn't get lost except to the people.

      We migrated from the coast …
      to the Bath and Chocowinity area.

      Some look "white", "black" or "in-between".

      She said people don't realize that Native Americans
      are "just a Mixture, but the Native blood can
      be 'defined' -- if you know your history.

      Relatives can look from white to dark."

      Evelyn King and her husband are descendants
      from the Mattamuskeet tribe, going back
      more than 10 generations, which originated
      from the 'Free Union' community near Jamesville.

      Both use their legal and Native names.

      She is "Two Braids" and he is "Wise Bear."

      She said Native names are usually based
      on a person's character of personality.

      The name is brought forth and
      agreed upon by a number of people.

      That can be at a ceremony,
      meeting or regular gathering.

      Her name was chosen to be "Two Braids"
      because she is most comfortable
      wearing her hair long and in two braids.

      She said she wears it like that "just about every day,"
      except at church where she wraps it into a bun.

      "Being Native American is something you feel ...
      Once we group, meet with our
      brothers and sisters -- we love them.
      They embrace the love.
      We care for one another."

      With a new center in the works, the Kings
      are looking forward to expanding their
      efforts in the community for the
      sake of Native American ancestry.

      Their intent is to encourage the "younger
      ones .. to regroup, carry on the heritage.

      We don't want it lost."

      The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research

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