Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Day the KKK Visited the Lumbee

Some days, thing just don’t go as you have planned.  That’s exactly what happened to one James “Catfish” Cole, the Grand Dragon of the KKK in South Carolina in January 1958. Cole, having just embarrassed himself in late 1957 in … Continue reading

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Native Americans, Neanderthal and Denisova Admixture

Recently, a Neanderthal toe bone yielded enough DNA to sequence the full genome of the woman whose remains were found in the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains, shown above.  This information was published in the Journal Nature in an … Continue reading

Posted in Archaic Indians, Denisova, Karitiana, Mixe, Neanderthal | 3 Comments

The Cherokee Mother of John Red Bank Payne

There is nothing I love more than a happy ending.  Second to that perhaps is to know that my blog or work helped someone, and in particularly, helped someone document their Native heritage.  In doing so, this confirms and unveils … Continue reading

Posted in Cherokee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia | 15 Comments

Purported Gravestone of Ananias Dare Found

One great thing about publishing stories about historical items is that often, they encourage other people with additional information to come forth.  That’s what happened recently when I published a series of stories about the Dare Stones supposedly related to Sir … Continue reading

Posted in Lost Colony, North Carolina, Virginia | 9 Comments

The Code Talkers

The term Code Talkers is associated with the United States soldiers during the world wars who used their knowledge of Native-American languages as a basis to transmit coded messages. In particular, there were approximately 400-500 Native Americans in the United … Continue reading

Posted in Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, Lakota, Navajo | 3 Comments

The Lost Colony and Pelzer, SC

The Community of Pelzer Historical Society (CPHS) has graciously allowed us to reprint an article that appeared on their website in January of 2010.  Please take a few minutes to visit their website at and if you’d like more … Continue reading

Posted in Croatoan, Keyauwee, Lost Colony, Lumbee | 5 Comments

Video Interview with Sitting Bull’s Great-Grandson

It was 123 years ago today, December 15, 1890, that Sitting Bull (shown above in 1885) was killed by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him for supporting the Ghost Dance movement.  … Continue reading

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The Lost Rocks by David La Vere

“The Lost Rocks” is a book written by David La Vere about the Dare Stones.  David teaches American Indian History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  His book is available at major online bookstores, as well as in … Continue reading

Posted in Cherokee, Croatoan, Georgia, Lost Colony, North Carolina, South Carolina | 2 Comments

The Inglis Fletcher Dare Stone Letter

Baylus Brooks, in his search for historical information having to do with the Lost Colonists happened across a letter to Inglis Fletcher.  This letter was donated to ECU as part of the Inglis Fletcher Papers upon her death by her … Continue reading

Posted in Georgia, Lost Colony, North Carolina | 2 Comments

The Dare Stones, 1 Through 48

The Dare Stones are a series of forty-eight rocks chiseled with messages purporting to be from Eleanor White Dare providing information about the survivors of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony who disappeared from Roanoke Island between 1587 and 1590. The stones, discovered … Continue reading

Posted in Croatoan, Georgia, Lost Colony, North Carolina, South Carolina | 16 Comments