HISTORY OF THE LUMBEE RIVER
The American Indians in Robeson County are named "Lumbee."  The river's original name is "Lumbee."  This name came about due to North Carolina Legislation naming the Lumbee people in 1956 as an American Indian tribe. However, today, the river is referred to as "Lumber River".  American Indians have lived on the banks of this river for 1,000's of years.  The river and the swamps played a major role in the life and times of Henry Berry Lowrie.  This is a story of a local indian man, who during the civil war (near Pembroke, North Carolina), was a spokesperson for equal rights of all peoples, including whites, and slaves. Some people referred to him as "Robin Hood."   After his father and brother were murdered by the North Carolina home guard, Henry vowed revenge against them in what would be called the "Lowrie War". Many people died.  There was a famine in and around Pembroke, North Carolina and Henry would steal from rich whites in nearby Lumberton and give to poor indians and slaves as well as whites.  Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, N.C., was under construction by the Conferderates and they needed help building the fort. They came up the river and tried to enslave the young indians and blacks in Robeson County and tried to enslave them into construction of the fort.  They soon realized that the Robeson County indians did not take kindly to enslavement and hid out in the swamps near the Lumbee River.  The story of Henry Berry Lowrie has inspired numerous authors.  Bryan Crespo, CEO of Lumbee River Productions, who is a member of the Lumbee Tribe, has a passion to put this story on film in a major motion picture.   Lumbee River Productions has this project on its agenda to start filming in the near future as soon as funds become available. 
Per Wikipedia; The Lumber River is a 133-mile-long (214 km) river in south-central North Carolina in the flat Coastal plain. European settlers first called the river Drowning Creek, which still is the name of its headwater. The waterway known as the Lumber River extends downstream from the Scotland County-Hoke County border to the North Carolina-South Carolina border.  Soon after crossing into South Carolina, the Lumber River flows into the Little Pee Dee River, which flows into the Pee Dee River, or Great Pee Dee River. Finally, the combined waters flow into Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  In 1989, the river was designated as a "Natural and Scenic River" by the North Carolina General Assembly. In addition, it is the only blackwater river in North Carolina to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River by the Department of the Interior. In 2010, the Lumber River was voted one of North Carolina’s Ten Natural Wonders, the result of an on-line contest held by Land for Tomorrow, a coalition dedicated to supporting the preservation of North Carolina’s land and water resources.   In 2009, leaders of the state-recognized Lumbee tribe, based in Robeson County, North Carolina, passed a resolution asking the legislature to return the river to what they said was its original Siouan name of Lumbee, for "Dark Water".  In 1956, the people officially adopted Lumbee as its tribal name. They have been recognized by the state as American Indians.  According to Crespo, he would love to see the river renamed back to its' original name of "Lumbee!"  Most natives along the river happen to agree with him. 
"The American Indian flute is one of the most peaceful and relaxing instruments I have ever played.  Flute music takes me to places of peace and tranquility.  This is my getaway.  Music is one of my passions.  The American Indian flute has been played by natives indians for 1,000's of years.  The Native American flute has been reported to be the third oldest known musical instrument in the world, with bone flutes dating back over 60,000 years. Drums were discovered first, and then various rattles were made, followed by bone whistles. Eventually, more holes were added and they were made larger. Over time, the instrument evolved with different materials being used in its creation - whatever was available in the area. Virtually, all types of hardwoods and softwoods were used for flutes at some point in time. Flutes had many different configurations - 2,3,4,5,6,7 or 8 holes. In parts of the southern United States, river reed was used to make flutes. This reed has a natural joint that serves as a sort of barrier that helps create a chamber. These flutes are relatively easy to make and may have contributed to the design of what is commonly referred to as the plains style flute. Which is the type that most flute players use today.  The Lakota tribe uses the flute for courting and love songs.  Click the button to the right to further your knowledge of the origins and stories of the Indian flutes."
Dwight Chavis, also known as "Redhawk" playing the American Indian Flute.

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