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The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation: From the Revolutionary War to the 20th Century

February 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Occaneechi historian Lawrence Dunmore as he takes us on a journey through Occaneechi-Saponi history. Lawrence will begin with Occaeeechi who served in the Revolutionary War, it’s impact on the greater Saponi Nation, and then will take the listener into the Antebellum period, the American Civil war, the Reconstruction era, and then the 20th century. He will address key moments in the Tribe’s history such as pivotal 19th and 20th-century court cases and their continuing impact on the Occaneechi-Saponi people. There will be time for questions at the end.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

7 PM, Virtual (Zoom)


Laurence Dunmore, III – Biographical Note

Lawrence A. Dunmore, III (he/him) is an enrolled member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, a State recognized Indian tribe in North Carolina. He has served in various positions on the Occaneechi-Saponi tribal council, including Tribal Chairman and Vice Chairman, and continues to work to preserve Eastern Siouan culture, history, folklore, and language as a Tribal historian and folklorist.

Following family tradition, he is a storyteller of Occaneechi-Saponi stories. Lawrence continues the tradition of “Tellin’ Lies” as storytelling is lovingly referred to by his people and honors the ways of his ancestors.

He enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction. His short stories and historical non-fiction work have been published in the Occaneechi-Saponi tribal newsletter and the Eno River Journal, Ribbons of Color, Volume I and the soon to be published Volume II. He is currently working on collection of Occaneechi and related tribe’s ghost and monster stories.