March Update

March 2, 2021 Off By Mira Pickus

Hello All!

I know it has been a while since I last posted. I haven’t posted recently because I have been in the midst of interviewing, and I am hesitant to share the contents of my interviews before I release the final piece.

That being said, I have been interviewing away! This week I will speak with my interviewees for the fourth time. To recap, I am interviewing Mr. Lawrence Dunmore, the tribal historian and storyteller of the Occaneechi and Megan Lucas who is descended from both the Couch family and the Saponi. I am so grateful to both of them for sharing their stories with me.

Today, I’m writing with a brief update on where I am in the journalistic process. Later this week, I will follow up with a post that covers some of the more recent research I’ve been doing. My initial plan for this project was to have three separate phases: research, interviews, and writing. It turns out all three of them will intersect and overlap. In the next week or so, I will begin the writing process, but I will also still be finishing a few interviews and working on some research. I am working on setting up some times to speak with a few of Ms. Lucas’s relatives. These interviews will happen as I begin to write the piece.

Additionally, after my last interview with Mr. Dunmore, I decided to do some more research on the long battle the Occaneechi fought to obtain recognition. Mr. Dunmore also sent me some documents related to Occaneechi recognition that I could not have found on my own. I will continue to explore the new sources Mr. Dunmore has shared with me as well as follow a few of the new leads I’ve found as I begin to write the piece.

Look for another post later this week with some details about my new research findings, but that’s all for now!