Community Classroom Series: The Tuscarora War: The Indian War that Reshaped Eastern North Carolina

The cause, the war, and the legacy of the Tuscarora War changed the lives of not only Tuscarora people, but Indigenous peoples across eastern North Carolina. One of the most notable events in North Carolina history, Nancy Strickland Chavis and special guests, will explore the actors and events that ultimately forced Tuscarora and other Indigenous peoples from their homelands and altered their lives forever. The devastating experience was the final conflict that opened North Carolina to successful colonial settlement.

More information on Community Class to come.

About the Presenter, Nancy Strickland Chavis-

Nancy Strickland Chavis, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has over twenty years of experience focused in museum education, curation, and administration. She was employed at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; and The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. Her current role is director and curator of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Through the lens of art curation, Nancy’s work seeks to publicly share authentic stories of Indigenous peoples. Recently, as guest curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Nancy brought to life the significant exhibition, To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art, featuring three-dimensional works of art from American Indian artists across the United States and Canada.

Nancy is the first Lumbee graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies. She earned a Master’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is currently a doctoral student in Public History at North Carolina State University.

Nancy is a commissioner for the North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission and a Trustee for the North Carolina Humanities Council. She recently completed a term on the Southeast Museums Conference Board.

Mitchell Map, Eastern North Carolina Section, c. 1750