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Producer-director-writer Van Coleman with sheriff's cronies on location, March 1999
Producer-director-writer Van Coleman (seated) with sheriff's cronies on location of Through Native Eyes  , March 4, 1999. Photo: Laura D. Coleman

Through Native Eyes: The Henry Berry Lowrie Story

Intended for educational purposes, this documentary film depicts the life of Henry Berry Lowrie, an Eastern American Tuscarora Indian who, according to legend, sought justice for the mistreatment of his people and worked to avenge the killing of his relatives by members of the Home Guard at the end of the Civil War. For more than ten years he eluded authorities despite a thirty thousand dollar reward, while robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. His struggles have been credited with winning voting rights for North Carolina Indians.

The title of the film reflects the fact that North Carolina Indians, for the first time, could tell their story "through native eyes." The film has been aired on public television as far away as Washington State. Numerous Indian education associations, as well as public schools and libraries across the nation, have used the film to illustrate and preserve American Indian heritage.

The project is documented with 16mm synch-sound film transferred to video tape.

Originally submitted by: Mike McIntyre , Representative (7th District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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