Blu, Karen I. “‘We People’: Understanding Lumbee Indian Identity in a Tri-Racial Situation.” Diss. U of Chicago, 1972.
Investigates Lumbee identity by (1) examining cultural content and (2) analyzing Lumbee social interaction. Discusses problems of historical documentation of origins and the search for an acceptably “historicized” name. Mentions racial implications of tobacco farming, land ownership, politics, teaching, and Indian fundamentalist Protestantism. Explains how Lumbees assign racial identity—including surnames, physical appearance, and “action characteristics.”