"It’s not the Lumbees and the Natives here lack languages or lack dances and cultural ways. It’s not that it doesn’t exist, it’s just been dormant, now it’s waking up. It’s not like the Lumbees don’t have it, the Lumbees have so much of it, it’s been clustered for so long over this, it’s like stuck and congested and so now I hear recently we’ve been working on getting it uncongested or decongested so the general public can do it. And so what you’re seeing now it that a lot of our young people are picking it up. And they don’t care if you’re Lumbee or Tuscarora, they’re going to sing and dance with you regardless of the Culture Class that I teach.
I teach it all. I don’t go for the Siouan or Algonquian or Iroquois, I teach everything being all inclusive and that’s the way our people is going to culturally move forward.
Hopefully what I see happening in the next 20 and 30 and 40 years for my grandkids and my child and my different generations to go forward is that our identities is going to be strengthened here and the effects of that in our community is almost going to be like social conditioning. Our culture and our songs, our dances, our indigenous languages and things like that is a way of empowerment for our people. I guarantee you the pictures that you take would be different, then the pictures you took right now."
Kaya Littleturle - excerpt from our conversation on October 28th 2016