Malinda Maynor Lowery
Understanding the history of her tribe is a major motivating factor for Carolina history Ph.D. Malinda Maynor Lowery, now an assistant professor of history at Harvard. A native of North Carolina and member of the Lumbee tribe, she earned a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and produced three films that explored Native American cultural identity. The last of these films was an award-winning, full-length feature about Native American sacred sites and religious freedom, In the Light of Reverence, that premiered on PBS. Her current research deals with the internal Lumbee tribal politics and its relationship with the federal government. Along with her research, Lowery is also active in the preservation of her tribe’s heritage through the creation of an archive of Lumbee history and the staging of the outdoor drama Strike at the Wind.