Amplifying Native Voices in North Carolina History Summer Teacher Institute
August 8-11, 2022Museum of the Southeast American Indian (MSAI) at University of North Carolina-Pembroke
Sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR), the North Carolina Humanities (NCH), and the Institute for Heritage Education (IHE)
Our vision for the Amplifying Native Voices in North Carolina History Summer Teacher Institute is that North Carolina teachers have access to culturally responsive curriculum materials, access to experiential and object-based learning, and the opportunity to engage with American Indian educators and researchers. The Institute will include sessions where teachers will engage with content, as well as participate in teaching methods-based workshops and discussion sessions. The content of the curriculum shared at this Institute focuses on Native experiences in the Carolinas between 1491-1830, a time period for which North Carolina teachers have expressed interest in covering in their classrooms but also a need additional tools and resources. Key topics include first contact in the Carolinas, Native Slavery, the Indian Removal Act, and Native agency. Particular focus will be placed on emotional awareness in the classroom while teaching difficult histories.
This Institute is a component of a larger project called Amplifying Native Voices in North Carolina History with goals to advance public education by creating new educational opportunities and building the capacity of schools to elevate Native American voices, experiences, cultures, and contributions in teaching about the past and present of our state and nation. Unfortunately, Native American experiences and histories continue to be erased in public education, media, politics, and cultural institutions. Currently, North Carolina public schools have limited capacity to include American Indian studies and cultural values in teaching social studies, history, and other subjects. Our aim is to have teachers walk away with tools to effectively incorporate Indigenous voices, traditional knowledge, and Lumbee culture/history into their classrooms. We emphasize the use of primary sources including archaeological collections as well as digital humanities materials that can be incorporated into online learning.
This three-and-a-half-day institute will take place in Pembroke, North Carolina, from Monday, August 8 to Thursday August 11. August 8 will be a partial day with a late afternoon arrival and welcome dinner that evening. Aug 9-11 will include three full days of lectures, seminars, and activities at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian.
Teacher registration includes hotel accommodations in a single-occupancy room for three nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Pembroke, NC. Daily meals will be provided. The stipend for each participant will be $400.
Continuing Education Credit
We will provide teachers with a certificate for completing the institute so that teachers may apply for continuing education credit in the individual school districts.
Meet Our Team
Nancy Strickland Fields’ 18-year museum career has been focused in museum education and administration. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; and The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. Her current role is Director and Curator of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian at UNC in Pembroke, North Carolina. She is the first Lumbee graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies. Nancy earned a master’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Patricia A. McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is co-director of Proyecto Arqueológico Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatán—a community-archaeology project at Tahcabo, Yucatán, México. She co-founded and directs InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present, a UNC program that generates collaborative research and education projects on topics of cultural heritage with communities in North Carolina and the Maya region. She is the author of several books, notably Maya Cultural Heritage: How Archaeologists and Indigenous Peoples Engage the Past, and journal articles.
Dr. Serina Cinnamon is the Associate professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of History and Program Coordinator & Director of Social Studies Education at UNCP. Her research interests focus on inquiry-based teaching and learning, curriculum efficacy through a Complexity lens. Specifically, she utilizes complex dynamic systems lens to examine classroom interactions and professional development experiences to understand effective discipline specific teaching and learning practices grounded in inquiry-driven curriculum. Dr. Cinnamon holds a PhD in Education – Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Social Studies Education and Curriculum Theory from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. She is a member of NCSS, AERA, and AACTE. In her free time, Dr. Cinnamon enjoys swimming and crochet.
Diane Slocum, Inherit Program Director, is an Anthropology Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her primary research interest is community-engaged archaeology in Yucatán, Mexico. In the Spring of 2018, she completed an M.A. in the Anthropology program at Northern Arizona University where she gained experience working as an archaeologist in Belize, Central America. Prior to beginning the M.A. program, her archaeological knowledge focused on the American Southwest where she worked in cultural resources management. Her extensive fieldwork informs her belief in the importance of opening lines of communication between archaeologists and local communities. Practicing archaeology in the U.S. instilled in her an ethical concern about how archaeologists interact with local and Indigenous communities that extends beyond the confines of legal mandates.
James Shanda Hutchison
School: Green Hope High School
County: WakeGrade-level taught: 10-12 gradeSubjects: AP US History & American Indian StudiesWhat do you enjoy most about teaching? Seeing students’ pride when they accomplish things at the end of the semester that they never thought they would be able to at the beginning. It’s also an incredible opportunity to help students redefine their understanding of history as they work with historical sources and see the past through new lenses.What inspired you to become a part of the Amplifying Native Voices in NC History project? Teaching American Indian Studies has made me keenly aware of the holes in student’s understandings of the American and global past where Indigenous histories are concerned. This project has the potential to impact students learning across the state of North Carolina and beyond, exposing students to Native voices they’ve never had the opportunity to hear from before.Krystal ColeSchool: Saint Pauls Middle SchoolCounty: Robeson CountyGrade-level taught: 8th grade Social StudiesSubjects: North Carolina History/ American HistoryWhat do you enjoy most about teaching? I love bringing history to life for students. Most of the time students view history as this dry monotoned subject, so getting them excited for learning is rewarding. I not only teach students about content but also I teach them on a daily basis about worth and who defines their worth. Each day I tell them they are worth it, by the end of year they leave with a greater understanding of worth. If in this life I can impact just one student I know I have fulfilled my job as a teacher.What inspired you to become a part of the Amplifying Native Voices in NC History project? When I teach history I try my best to show a full depiction of who is represented in my class. I want my students to see themselves in the history taught. This is why I wanted to be a part of this project as well as to further educate myself on Native American studies. This project is important to me because of the population that I teach in. In order to teach a history inclusive to those represented in my classroom it is important to further my knowledge on Native American curriculum.
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About the Museum of the Southeast American IndianThe mission of the MSAI is to educate the public about the history, culture, art, and contemporary issues of American Indians, with special emphasis on the Native American communities of Robeson County, of North Carolina, and the American Southeast.Website:
Please direct questions to Diane Slocum at email@example.com.