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Boughman, Arvis Locklear 1964-

Boughman, Arvis Locklear 1964-


Born August 20, 1964, in Robeson County, NC; son of Charles I. (an electrician) and Adelaide (an educator) Boughman; married Kimberly Sherrill (an educator), July 11, 1998; children: Micah, Clara-Ann. Ethnicity: "Native American—Lumbee." Education: Appalachian State University, B.S., 1987, M.A., 1997. Politics: Independent. Religion: Southern Baptist. Hobbies and other interests: Native American culture and folklore, wood carving, fishing, Native American herbal lore, University of North Carolina basketball, family activities, Southern Appalachian music and folklore.


Office—P.O. Box 597, Dillsboro, NC 28725. E-mail[email protected]


Elementary schoolteacher in Jacksonville, NC, 1987-89, and Morganton, NC, 1989-94; speech pathologist at public schools in Lumberton, NC, 1998-2000; Swain County Schools, Bryson City, NC, speech pathologist, 2003—. University of North Carolina at Pembroke, adjunct professor, 2000. Lumbee Tribal Council, member of advisory council on education, 2002.


National Indian Education association, American Speech, Hearing, and Language Association, North Carolina Association of Educators.


Herbal Remedies of the Lumbee Indians, McFarland Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2004.


Arvis Locklear Boughman told CA: "I am a son of Charles Boughman, whose family has lived in the Appalachian foothills for over 300 years, and Adelaide Boughman, whose family has lived in the swamps and lowlands of present-day southeastern North Carolina for perhaps thousands of years. My mother and I would travel often to Robeson County, North Carolina, from our mountain home in Burke County, North Carolina. As I visited my Lumbee Indian relatives, I developed an interest in the native traditions and herbal lore of my people. In my early thirties I decided to live and work among my people. Although I was a teacher of communication skills, I learned so much more from my colleagues, students, and relatives. I also had an opportunity to become friends with elders such as Ray Littleturtle, Pete Spotted Turtle Clark, Herman and Loretta Oxendine, Welton Lowry, and Earl Carter. While I lived there I witnessed the anguish and strife that our 100-year failed quest for federal recognition and disputes with the Eastern Band of Cherokee administration had produced. After a while, I came to work with many Eastern Band of Cherokee children as an educator in Swain County.

"I have made it my goal in life to be a strong Christian, a good husband and father, a creator of unity between the Lumbee and Cherokee peoples, and a preservationist of Lumbee/Native culture, stories, and traditions. Joseph Bruchac, Native American author (Abenaki), has been a great encourager. I hope in the future, like Joseph, to preserve in writing and pictures the Native American tribes and Lumbee culture and stories."



Reference & Research Book News, May, 2004, review of Herbal Remedies of the Lumbee Indians, p. 55.

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