Award-Winning Documentarian Focuses on Native American History
Malinda Maynor Lowery ’02 (MA) describes the UNC campus as very welcoming to Native American students and
alumni. And Lowery, a Lumbee who grew up
in Robeson County, looked forward to immersing herself in that ambience when she joined
the history department faculty this fall.
North Carolina residents. “Malinda combines
the talents of a first-rate historian with the per-
sonal traits of a friendly, engaging human
turies in North
“There are so many resources available
to Native American students here,” she said.
Lowery, who also earned a doctorate in
history from UNC in 2005, cited the American
Indian Center and the annual Pow-Wow as
resources that help draw students and alumni
to the campus, as well as attract non-Native
COURTESY OF MALINDA MAYNOR LOWERY ’02 (MA)
Americans into the wealth of history and culture offered at UNC. She also appreciates
that resources such as the Southern
Historical Collection and the Center for the
Study of the American South are a short
stroll from her office in Hamilton Hall.
Lloyd Kramer, chair of the history department, said Lowery has three qualities that
the department looks for in new faculty: She
has an interesting research project (a book
about Lumbee identity); she has energy and
imagination, which she showed while teaching
at Harvard, drawing praise from students and
faculty; and she is committed to reaching out to
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migration and identity and religious
music have appeared in books and
journals. But she also puts her documentary skills to work. She appeared
at two showings of In the Light of
Reverence to diverse audiences at the
UNC Student Union in April. The film,
which she co-produced, is about
efforts by the Lakota, Hopi and Wintu
tribes to protect their sacred sites and
won the Henry Hampton Award in
2005 for social change documentary. It
has been shown on PBS; her other
films about Lumbee identity and culture have been shown at Sundance
and other film festivals.
Her current research deals with
internal Lumbee tribal politics and the tribe’s
relationship with the federal government. She is
finishing a book about Lumbee identity and federal recognition in the first half of the 20th century.
Lowery also is active in the preservation of
her tribe’s heritage through the creation of an
archive of Lumbee history and the staging of
the outdoor drama Strike at the Wind.
Malinda Maynor Lowery ’02 (MA) focuses her research on Native American
identity and politics. Besides traditional research publications, she also produces documentaries.
being,” said Kramer, a former faculty representative on the GAA Board of Directors.
Besides her UNC degrees, Lowery received a
bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s
degree in documentary film production from
Stanford. In 2006, she became the first Native
American tenure-track professor at Harvard. Her
research is centered on Native American identity and politics in the late 19th and 20th cen-
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