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ECU History Professor Updates Popular Text

East Carolina University history professor Christopher Arris Oakley was selected by Dr. Theda Perdue, the Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at UNC – Chapel Hill, to revise her original study on “Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina.” The revised version was related this spring.

First published in 1985 and reprinted five times over 25 years, the newly updated edition contains expansions on chapters related to the Cherokees, the Lumbees, and native North Carolinians. The additional information includes important developments since 1985. A detailed timeline of important dates and events in North Carolina Indian history has been updated.  New illustrations have been added, and a detailed index now makes the text more accessible.

The updated edition is available from the Historical Publications section of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (

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The newly updated edition of “Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina” is available from the N.C. Historical Publications Section. (Photo courtesy of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources)

This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at