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
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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