About

“Native American Roots” is a blog dedicated to the genealogical and historical research of Native Americans of Granville County, North Carolina and neighboring counties. My name is Kianga Lucas and I am the author of this blog as well as a descendant of this community. I hope this blog will better inform the public, researchers, and descendants about the indigenous history and heritage of this region. All content and opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own unless noted otherwise. Finding your ancestors within the research posted here does not guarantee enrollment/citizenship within any Native American tribe. Tribal councils are sovereign governments and establish their criteria for enrollment.

My academic and professional background is in Anthropology, Native American Studies, and Museum studies. I’m a proud alumna of UMass Boston, where I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology. I previously worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian/Autry National Center in Los Angeles for five years. During my time I had the good fortune to help curate several exhibitions: “Picturing the People” (an exhibit on photography of and by Native peoples), “Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition” (an exhibit exploring the diversity of Native American basketry”, “Katsina in Hopi Life” (an exhibit on the continuing important role of Katsina in Hopi culture and modern life), “Native American Diaspora” (an exhibit on the forced removals of Native peoples), “First Californians” (an exhibit that thematically explores the indigenous peoples of what is now California), and “Floral Journey: Native American Beadwork” (an exhibit on the history and cultural resilience of floral motifs in Native American beadwork). This work also allowed me to travel across “Indian Country”, collaborate with artists working on cultural revitalization, sharpen my skills in archival research, and form lifelong professional relationships. I was most recently working towards my PhD in Anthropology/American Indian Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. It is my hope to apply these skills that I have acquired through my professional and educational background to help my community. My passion for research is paralleled by my passion for beadwork and I have been a beadwork artist for about 17 years. My CV and references are available upon request. I strive to make sure all information I publish is correct and verified but human error and mistakes are sure to happen in genealogical research. Please do contact me if you notice incorrect or questionable information.

You are welcomed to comment on blog posts just be sure to keep the language respectful. You are also welcomed to share your own genealogical research or inquire for more information. Please note I receive many research requests on an almost daily or weekly basis, and simply cannot respond to all. Furthermore, if the information requested is outside of my area of expertise, I won’t be much help. So I really do encourage you to leave comments with questions because other readers of this blog may be able to assist you.

If you are going to use information published from this blog, which I highly encourage, please make sure to properly cite my name and the blog. You can sign up to receive email updates from this blog by clicking the “FOLLOW” button on the front page.

Beaded birch bark
I enjoy combining traditional materials such as birch bark and sweetgrass with modern beadwork designs. Pictured are Blue jay, cardinal, and floral earrings beaded on birch bark and edged with a sweetgrass braid. © Kianga Lucas
Two tier wampum
Wampum made from the quahog clam shell is a material unique to the East Coast as it only grows in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These two tier teardrop earrings made with detailed beadwork and beautiful dark purple wampum, are extremely elegant. © Kianga Lucas
Wampum florals
These Eastern Woodlands floral motif earrings also combine rich dark purple wampum and fine beadwork . © Kianga Lucas

© Kianga Lucas and Native American Roots. 2015-2020.

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87 thoughts on “About

  1. I would like to thank you for all of your hard work!

    My husband is a descendant of Benjamin Richardson (1750) and Mary Bass. I am a descendant of the Lucas/Locust family who are mentioned in some records as a core name. They originated in Charles City County, VA in the early 1600’s. Do you have any information on the Lucas/Locus(t) family? I am attempting to discover is any additional records on my 5th FPOC great grandfather, Isham Lucas/Locus who married FPOC Margaret Roberts (daughter of Ishmael Roberts) in 1820 in Robeson County and he also lived in Nash County, He was born in 1776 and was indenured when he was four years old, along with his brother Burwell and his sister, Martha Sally. Burwell changed his last name to Pope after he was released from his indenture. Isham’s 1812 pension record says he is Indian, but someone wrote the words “false” on it. I have found indenture records, Marriage Records, Census records from 1810-1850 and Pension Records.

    Thank you for your time.

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  2. I would be very appreciative if I could discuss with you some information about Bartlett Tyler and the Snellings and Chavis families. I can’t prove it, but have a very strong suspician that my 3rd great grandfather may be a descendant of Bartlett Tyler, and I would like to provide to you what information that I have, and see if that may be helpful or useful to you, and also perhaps to me.

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