(DVD, 81 minutes total)
Three films are made available on DVD for the first time in this collection. Together they illustrate a universal theme of language and identity.
INDIAN BY BIRTH: THE LUMBEE DIALECT
Stripped of their heritage language generations ago, the Lumbee Indians of Southeastern North Carolina carved out a unique dialect of English to maintain their distinctive cultural identity.
HYDE TALK: THE LANGUAGE AND LAND OF HYDE COUNTY, NC (25 minutes)
Hyde County in Eastern North Carolina has long been a destination for hunters, fishermen, and wildlife enthusiasts. Hyde Talk reveals that it is also home to distinctive regional speech, culture and identity.
THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER (27 minutes)*
Settled by freed slaves in 1865 and incorporated in 1885, Princeville, NC is among the oldest towns in the United States founded entirely by African-Americans. Princeville’s survival through racial prejudice, economic hardships, and devastating floods is an illuminating, and previously untold, chapter of American history.
* half-hour broadcast version; the original, full-length version of This Side of the River is also available on DVD
VOICES OF NORTH CAROLINA (DVD & VHS)