Collection Number: 70100

Collection Title: Malinda Maynor Lowery Collection, 1990s-2004

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Size 10.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4800 items)
Abstract Collection of historian and documentary film producer Malinda Maynor Lowery, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Materials in this collection relate to Lowery's documentary film projects, including work completed while she was a student at Harvard University and Stanford University, as well as the films Real Indian (1996), Sounds of Faith (1997), and In the Light of Reverence (2001). This collection will be useful for researchers and instruction in American Indian and Indigenous studies, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Music, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, American Studies, Southern Studies, Folklore, Documentary Studies, and Film Studies.Formats include: 16mm motion picture film, videotapes (Betacam SP, Hi-8, and VHS) digital audio tape (DAT), audio cassettes, transparencies, photographic prints, 35mm photo slides, floppy discs, a watercolor picture, and ephemera relating to the films' production.
Creator Lowery, Malinda Maynor
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not available for immediate or same day access. Photographs, ephemera, born-digital materials, and select audio and video recordings are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Malinda Maynor Lowery Collection #70100, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Malinda Maynor Lowery in June 2021 (Acc. 20210625.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Historian and documentary film producer Malinda Maynor Lowery, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was born in Robeson County, N.C., and raised in Durham, N.C. She earned a bachelor's degree in history, cum laude, from Harvard University, a master's degree in documentary film and video production from Stanford University, a master's degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has served as a lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, an assistant professor in the Department of History at Harvard University, an assistant and associate professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and coordinator of the Lumbee River Fund. In 2021, Lowery was named the second Cahoon Family Professor in American History in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University.

Lowery has focused much of her career on questions pertaining to Native culture, identity and migration. Films on these topics include: In the Light of Reverence (broadcast on PBS in 2001), and two short films, Real Indian (1996), and Sounds of Faith (1997), both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Books on these topics include The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle and Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, both published by UNC Press. She also writes and teaches on other topics, including Southern history, religion, music, and foodways. Other documentary film projects include co-producing the Markay Media productions Private Violence, A Chef's Life, and Road to Race Day.

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Materials in this collection relate to Malinda Maynor Lowery's documentary film projects, including work completed while she was a student at Harvard University and Stanford University, as well as the films Real Indian (1996), Sounds of Faith (1997), and In the Light of Reverence (2001). This collection will be useful for researchers and instruction in American Indian and Indigenous studies, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Music, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, American Studies, Southern Studies, Folklore, Documentary Studies, and Film Studies.Formats include: 16mm motion picture film, videotapes (Betacam SP, Hi-8, and VHS) digital audio tape (DAT), audio cassettes, transparencies, photographic prints, 35mm photo slides, floppy discs, a watercolor picture, and ephemera relating to the films' production.

The 7-minute 16mm film Real Indian (1996) produced, directed and edited by Lowery is described as a "lighthearted, very personal look at the meaning of cultural identity," based on Lowery's experience of not fitting into society's stereotypes for Native Americans, imposed by both whites and other Indians. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival, and the Lumbee Film Festival. It received awards for Best Short Film at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and Best Indian-Produced Short Documentary at the Red Earth Film Festival.

The 14-minute video documentary Sounds of Faith (1997), also produced, directed, and edited by Lowery, is about Lumbee Indian music, religion, and family, and features Baptist Minister Rev. Michael Cummings, Attorney-at-law Jody Cummings, and the Foy and Bloss Cummings family. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Native American Film Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival.

The documentary film feature In the Light of Reverence (2001), part of the Earth Island Institute's Sacred Land Film Project, is an account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites. The film won the Henry Hampton Award for Social Change Documentary, the Best Documentary Feature at the American Indian Film Festival, the Eagle Award at the Taos Talking Picture Film Festival, the CINE Golden Eagle, and the Jury Award from MountainFilm.

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Contents list

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Primarily contains materials relating to Lowery's film projects "Real Indian," "Sounds of Faith," and the Sacred Land Film Project's "In the Light of Reverence." Other projects include "Urban Warrior, " "Oasis," and "Making Something out of Myself."

Box 1

"Real Indian" production: lab records #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" production: receipts #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" production: paper edits #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" production: release forms #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" production: information #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" production: transcripts #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" press kit/information: articles/reviews #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" press kit/information #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" distribution: receipts #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" distribution: Women Make Movies #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" distribution: TV, etc. #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Real Indian" distribution: festival distrubtion #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

3 folders

"Sounds of Faith" pre-production: fundraising #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" pre-production: proposal #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" pre-production: research #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" production: receipts #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" production: production stuff #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" production: tape logs #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" production: interview transcripts #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" production: paper edits/narration drafts #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" post-production: festival distribution #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" post-production: press kit #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" post-production: final budget #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

"Sounds of Faith" post-production: articles #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Film/video projects: "Urban Warrior" #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Film/video projects: film ideas #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Film/video projects: "Oasis", 1996 #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Film/video projects: "Making Something out of Myself" (Fall 1995), 1996 #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Film/video projects: other #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Public Media Center #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Earth Island Institute: hiring #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Sacred Land Film Project release forms (backup copies) #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 1

Box 2

Sacred Land Film Project: funding #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Sacred Land Film Project: fundraising #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Sacred Land Film Project: production #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Sacred Land Film Project: publicity #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

2 folders

Sacred Land Film Project: Bear Lodge Mutiple Use Association, et. al. vs. Bruce Babbit, et. al. #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Miscellaneous Sacred Land Film Project #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Sacred Land Film Project archival research #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Ecopsychology reading notes #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

MM notes, intellectual, spring and summer 1999 #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

MM notes, mundane, September 1999 #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Independent Television Service deliverables - notes on conversations #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

1998 PBS Annual Meeting #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Earth Island Institute: publications #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Publicity #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Other materials #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

Notebooks and planners, 2000-2003 #70100, Series: "1. Papers, 1990s-2004" Box 2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Dawne Howard Lucas and Anne Wells, July 2021

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas and Anne Wells, July 2021

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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