American Indian Cultures Before European Contact in Eastern North Carolina

In this presentation the audience will learn about the diversity of American Indian cultures in what is today North Carolina prior to European contact. The presentation provides an overview of an extensive period of cultural change, from earliest Paleo-Indians in 14000BP to 1750 AD. This scholar takes a broad approach to explore several cultural elements including language families, social interactions, population size, and the concept of Pimadaziwin (the Good and Balanced Life) in Eastern NC. The presentation also examines the epistemology of the concept of ‘prehistory,’ and looks at how it has impacted the way we construct pre-contact American Indian life.

Lectern, writeable board