SharaLynn Oxendine tells the story of her ancestors driven to life in the swamps to escape the diseases and the persecution



"Let me be very clear, there is a place called Burnt Swamp but it is not a swamp and the name doesn't really stand for anything". So was I told.

But the name sounded interesting enough that it came to represent for me the dark, foreboding, peat and moss covered swamp where the ancestors of the Lumbee Indians escaped to from the diseases and persecution brought upon them by the Eurpean settlers.

The swamp in the woodlands of the Lumbee Indians is dark, mysterious and foreboding. The dark color of the water comes from the peat rich swamp. Peat rich swamps to the north have caught fire in the dry season, burning for days.

Today, the dark peat rich swamps are a place to relax, fish, and connect with nature.




SharaLynn Oxendine tells the story of her ancestors driven to life in the swamps to escape the diseases and the persecution




Correy Torres fishes at the peat swamp in his homeland




Correy Torres fishes at the peat swamp in his homeland




Correy Torres fishes at the peat swamp in his homeland




Fishing in the clear waters of the lake in the heartlands of the Lumbee tribe




Fishing in the clear waters of the lake in the heartlands of the Lumbee tribe