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Celebrating Baltimore’s Native American Culture


Maryland is home to nearly 60,000 people of Native American heritage. The Baltimore American Indian Center is working hard to keep cultural traditions alive.

Community artist and folklorist Ashley Minner describes celebrating young and old members of the Lumbee Tribe in her work. And Dr. Dennis Seymour, who leads the center’s museum, explains why it’s important to pass traditional skills on to future generations.

This Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm, the Baltimore American Indian Center will hold its 44th Annual Pow-Wow at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium.  On Tuesday, the University of Maryland Baltimore will host a traditional storytelling event.

Click these links for more information about The Exquisite Lumbee Project and the Lumbee Oral Histories.

Listen to the episode of Out of the Blocks - 100 S Broadway Part 1 and Part 2 - that Ashley helped produce.

Read "Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving?" by Dennis Zotigh. 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.