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Cape Fear Indians

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New Book From Dr. Garwood!

The Cape Fear River Indians: Creative Abstract

Dr. Phillip D. Garwood

Professor of Geology at Cape Fear Community College


An important portion of North Carolina history that many educators fail to explore is the telling of the history, culture, art, and traditions of the local Native American people.  As a veteran educator, spending more than 30 years in classrooms, including elementary and high school, and being a passionate presenter at The Cape Fear Children’s Museum, it is more the odd exception that a student of any grade level is aware of even the fundamentals of these marvelous tribes.  It was this realization that prompted my writing a classroom book for K-12 public school students, concerning the Cape Fear River Indians.


Problem Statement:

Based on the above discussion, it is possible to identify and share ways that educators can also learn about the stories not being told, the artifacts being buried, and the history that we struggle to recover.   It should be an educator’s passion and profession to ensure that the stories of all people are represented.  More published accounts of Native American history are needed and should be available to K-12 teachers.



The purpose of this presentation is to share the information compiled in my book (to be released in February), The Cape Fear River Indians, which was made possible by a grant from International Paper.  The objective is to find ways that as experts in our field, we are all able to find ways to share our knowledge with a variety of age-levels and preserve the importance of the Native American people.  To discuss opportunities available in supporting American Indian Studies research.



Students are unaware that North Carolina is home to more than 80,000 people of Native American origin and that the story of North America began more than 12,000 years ago.  Most history books begin with the arrival of Europeans a scant 500 years ago.  Archaeology, geology, anthropology, and forensic science tell a much richer, fuller tale.

This teaching guide also contains research derived from local tribal elders, who have approved the information in the text.   Attached are the title page and introduction information from the book which will be previewed for the first time, if selected for participation in the Ninth Annual; Southeast Indian Studies Conference at UNC-Pembroke.



Dr. Phillip Garwood (Dr.Rocks)