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Originally posted by merka
The first Europeans settlers in America became native Americans.
People: Descendants of the native tribe who took in the lost colony of Roanoke, the Lumbee (or Croatan) Indians have been denied federal status as an Indian nation because of their high degree of mixed blood. They are recognized by the state of North Carolina, however, and are 40,000 people strong, making them one of the largest Native American tribes remaining in the eastern US.
His only clue was a carving on a tree - 'CRO' was all he could decipher. Thinking that the 3 letters may have been a unsuccessful attempt to spell out the word CROATOAN
Originally posted by Son of the lost maji
abducted by aliens... just playing. probably assimilated within the culture of the natives present nearby. If not most likely were murked and thrown to sea. Croat 56 i get it
Originally posted by iori_komei
I thought about the connection with your name and the Croatons, but thought it was just coincidence.
[edit on 2/22/2005 by iori_komei]
Originally posted by Zabilgy
More from that site provided by Lady V:
History: The Lumbee don't entirely understand why people persist in calling the Roanoke colony the "Lost Colony," since they left an explicit note telling where they were going (Croatan, an island belonging to some friendly Indians) and since the descendents of the Croatoan Cheraw were found some 50 years later speaking English, practicing Christianity, and sporting about 75% of the last names the colonists had brought with them. By all accounts, though, those descendents--who called themselves "Lumbee" Indians, after the river running through their traditional lands--were mixed-race, so mixed-race they were not sent to Oklahoma with the other Native Americans of North Carolina in the 1820's and 30's. North Carolina was not the most pleasant place to live in the 19th century if your skin was dark, though, and increasing violence against Lumbees and free mulattos set the stage for the Lumbee folk hero Henry Berry Lowrie in the 1860's. Called the "Indian Robin Hood" by some, Lowrie, enraged by the assault and murder of his family, spent the next decade wreaking vigilante justice on those who harassed Indians and stealing supplies to give to the disenfranchised. He was never caught, and his legend--brave, proud, dangerous when provoked, and above all else free--remains a powerful tribal metaphor.